When Michelle told me “crunk” had been added to M-W, I was intrigued. As far as I know, not even the southern hip-hop MCs that use it regularly can agree on what it really means. The most commonly agreed-upon definition seems to be “crazy drunk,” but I’ve heard that it derives from “chronic” and “drunk” and “crack” and “drunk,” as well. One thing is for sure: it means to get f’ed up.
So I was really curious what M-W would have to say about the word. I looked it up, and found probably the lamest definition of all time: “word of fluctuating meaning used during the 1990s in lyrics of the rap groups OutKast and Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz.”
As per usual on matters such as these, The crowdsourced Urban Dictionary provides a much more satisfying result.
Seriously. “Word of fluctuating meaning.” How the hell is that a definition?