grubby

adjective
grub·​by | \ ˈgrə-bē How to pronounce grubby (audio) \
grubbier; grubbiest

Definition of grubby

1 : infested with fly maggots
2a : dirty, grimy grubby hands
3 : worthy of contempt : base grubby political motives

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Other Words from grubby

grubbily \ ˈgrə-​bə-​lē How to pronounce grubbily (audio) \ adverb
grubbiness \ ˈgrə-​bē-​nəs How to pronounce grubbiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of grubby in a Sentence

He lives in a grubby little apartment. clean off those grubby hands before you touch anything

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And that’s not because of us, that’s because of the highrises of rentals and leases and just grubby landlords wanting more money. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "Stonewall at 50: How the Iconic LGBTQ Institution Keeps the Spirit of ‘69 Alive Today," 4 May 2019 Burkhard Fritz, singing his first-ever Siegfried, looked quite the overgrown child in his striped polo shirt and grubby shorts (the apt costumes are by Marie-Jeanne Lecca). Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Siegfried’ Review: Far From Child’s Play," 6 Nov. 2018 That literally any change to the political system of a fast-changing country will be seen as a grubby scheme for partisan advantage creates a lock-in problem that imperils our future. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rigging of American politics," 16 Oct. 2018 Who knows what kinds of diseases 6-year-olds carry on their grubby little fingers? New York Times, "License to Interfere," 23 May 2018 So pretty good system populated by grubby creeps that are called human beings that steal. Fox News, "Grenell: NKorea feels pressure of Trump's tough diplomacy," 26 May 2018 Washing your grubby mitts is one of the all-time best ways to cut your chances of getting sick and spreading harmful germs to others. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hot-air dryers suck in nasty bathroom bacteria and shoot them at your hands," 6 Apr. 2018 Outside, a half-dozen grubby children crowded around a cooking fire, some of them naked from the waist down. Ty Mccormick, Washington Post, "Refugee athletes captivated the world at the Olympics. But many returned to a life of despair.," 2 Feb. 2018 Inside her spartan shelter, grubby mattresses are laid on the bare earth. Jack Losh, Washington Post, "Rebels in the Central African Republic are filling the void of an absent government," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of grubby

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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grubby

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of grubby

informal : dirty or messy

grubby

adjective
grub·​by | \ ˈgrə-bē How to pronounce grubby (audio) \
grubbier; grubbiest

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