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

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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 The marijuana industry isn't alone in trying to anticipate what will catch a grabby toddler's eye. CBS News, "Colorado bans pot gummy bears, other edibles appealing to kids," 2 Oct. 2017 The system does have one remaining behavioral flaw in that, at walking speeds, the brakes sometimes can be annoyingly grabby. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "2018 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid," 18 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of grabby

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

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to form ideas or theories about something

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