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 What a waste that in practice, the film would turn out to be the plainest version of itself, all but bereft of the knowing humor and grabby perversion that makes this disreputable genre great. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 19 May 2021 And though Horn has the athleticism to be a lockdown cornerback, his grabby approach could attract lots of penalties. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021 If looking to poke holes in Horn’s skill set, the biggest one lies with Horn’s grabby nature in coverage. John Owning, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2021 Horn isn’t without his faults (too grabby in coverage), but no prospect is, and his strengths significantly outweigh the negatives. John Owning, Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2021 At this point, though, the most exciting part of a Ryan Murphy project tends to be the announcement, a list of stars hooked on to a potentially grabby idea. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 4 Jan. 2021 The cold caused the snow crystals to become sharp and grabby, preventing their skis and sleds from gliding. Adventure, 23 Dec. 2020 While Porsche’s 997 series earned a reputation for everyday drivability, the GT3 RS 4.0 feels quite the opposite—from its hair-trigger throttle response to its short-throw shifter and stiff, grabby clutch. Basem Wasef, Car and Driver, 15 Dec. 2020 We were also annoyed by the grabby brakes, whose all-or-nothing nature made smooth heel-and-toe downshifts difficult to master. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of grabby

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 May 2021

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“Grabby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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