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a fool or idiot; a weak person, esp. a man

turned into gronks
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Any nasty substance, like a collection in one’s belly button or between one’s toes: use a Q-Tip on that gronk

/gronk/ Popularised by Johnny Hart’s comic strip “B.C.” but the word apparently predates that.
1. To clear the state of a wedged device and restart it. More severe than “to frob” (sense 2).
2. [TMRC] To cut, sever, smash, or similarly disable.
3. The sound made by many 3.5-inch diskette drives. In particular, the microfloppies on a Commodore Amiga go “grink, gronk”.
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