grubby

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adjective grub·by \ˈgrə-bē\

Definition of grubby

grubbier

grubbiest

  1. 1 :  infested with fly maggots

  2. 2 a :  dirty, grimy <grubby hands> b :  slovenly, sloppy

  3. 3 :  worthy of contempt :  base <grubby political motives>

grubbily

play \ˈgrə-bə-lē\ adverb

grubbiness

play \ˈgrə-bē-nəs\ noun

Examples of grubby in a sentence

  1. He lives in a grubby little apartment.

  2. <clean off those grubby hands before you touch anything>

1725

First Known Use of grubby

1725


GRUBBY Defined for English Language Learners

grubby

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adjective grub·by \ˈgrə-bē\

Definition of grubby for English Language Learners

  • : dirty or messy


GRUBBY Defined for Kids

grubby

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adjective grub·by \ˈgrə-bē\

Definition of grubby for Students

grubbier

grubbiest

  1. :  1dirty 1



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