grab·​by ˈgra-bē How to pronounce grabby (audio)
grabbier; grabbiest
: tending to grab : grasping, greedy
grabby hands
taught the children not to be grabby
: having the power to grab the attention
grabby ads

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 On Ferraris, the carbon ceramics are annoyingly grabby, providing huge brake force with the slightest pressure on the pedal. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 5 July 2023 Rubber gloves, while moisture-proof and generally better fitted to the hand, are too grabby. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 Lib’s proprietary Magne-Traction—serrated bumps along the sidecut—help the Orca Split lock in on sketchy traverses or unexpected, mid-line hardpack, although some purists who prefer smooth sidecuts do find the bumps grabby. Drew Zieff, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 But since people are more likely to see grabby social media ads, the risks are frequently left out. Hannah Jackson, ELLE, 8 Dec. 2022 And six-piston Brembo front brake calipers endow the V with a firmer and more responsive brake pedal, though its initial bite comes off as a bit too grabby for our tastes. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 13 June 2022 Choosing products with grabby, unusual packaging is another winning strategy. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 26 Sep. 2020 In certain regen settings, this can make the brakes feel grabby toward the end of a stop, particularly with the M Sport brakes, which have more initial bite and 14.7-inch front rotors instead of 13.7-inchers. Dan Edmunds and Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 29 July 2022 The film has a grabby premise, lightly fictionalizing the story of the pre-fame Whitney Houston, here named Beauty (Gracie Marie Bradley). Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'grabby.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grabby was in 1910

Dictionary Entries Near grabby

Cite this Entry

“Grabby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!