gro·​bi·​an | \ ˈgrōbēən \
plural -s

Definition of grobian

: a slovenly crude often buffoonish individual : boor, lout

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History and Etymology for grobian

German, after Grobian, a fictional patron saint of vulgar people, from Medieval Latin (Sanctus) Grobianus, from Middle High German grob-, grop coarse, vulgar (from Old High German gerob, grob thick, coarse) + Latin -ianus -ian

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“Grobian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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