grab·​by | \ ˈgra-bē How to pronounce grabby (audio) \
grabbier; grabbiest

Definition of grabby

1 : tending to grab : grasping, greedy grabby hands taught the children not to be grabby
2 : having the power to grab the attention grabby ads

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Examples of grabby in a Sentence

You need to learn to share and not be so grabby. very young children tend to be grabby and often refuse to share
Recent Examples on the Web Aston does offer carbon-ceramic brakes, which previous reviewers have complained were too grabby, so pick your poison. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Is More Than Just a Beauty, It's an All-Around Charmer," 23 June 2020 The brakes are appropriately strong, but not too grabby for normal use. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "This entry-level Lamborghini offers more fun for a lot less money," 19 June 2020 This has only gotten worse as the baby gets more mobile and grabby himself. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 10 June 2020 Brake feel has been redone as well and are on the edge of being too grabby upon initial application. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 BMW 430i and M440i Set Themselves Apart from Their 3-Series Kin," 28 Apr. 2020 The clutch engages gradually and the drum brakes aren't too grabby. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Honda CRF50F Is the Quintessential Starter Dirt Bike," 28 Nov. 2018 By 2017 Guinea had moved up to 148th, grabby border police notwithstanding. The Economist, "Guinea’s President Alpha Condé hints that he may scrap term limits," 26 Apr. 2018 And don't worry about a curious cat or grabby toddler: The shatterproof glass won't break if Fluffy knocks it over. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "We're Obsessed With This Floating Lightbulb," 22 Apr. 2015 This account of overeager and inappropriately grabby fans is definitely not an isolated incident for Harry. Melissa Minton, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Reveals the Reason He Always Wears Heeled Boots," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of grabby

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grabby was in 1910

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3 Jul 2020

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“Grabby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grabby

informal : tending to take things in a quick and selfish way

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