[guhngk] /gʌŋk/

noun, Informal.
any sticky or greasy residue or accumulation:
gunk on the oil filter.
(informal) slimy, oily, or filthy matter

1949, “viscous substance,” American English, apparently from Gunk, trademark for a thick liquid soap patented 1932 by A.F. Curran Co. of Malden, Mass.


[1932+; fr a trademark, Gunk, for a degreasing compound, and part of a cluster of nearly synonymous terms beginning with g]


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