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

Other Words from grubby

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

Examples of grubby in a Sentence

He lives in a grubby little apartment. clean off those grubby hands before you touch anything
Recent Examples on the Web But even without that climactic thrill, the scenery alone would have been worth the price of admission, as DP Simone D’Arcangelo elevates the somewhat grubby cinematography with shots of indescribable beauty. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 Or maybe your brown or beige ones got a little grubby? Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Art studios are famously grubby but by separating them from the main building, even two years after the latter’s completion, the primary structure remains as immaculate as a hospital operating room. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 Where the Jets have a shabbier wardrobe of denims and grubby leathers in cooler shades of grays, blues, and greens, the Sharks are outfitted in natty tailoring in warm tones of yellows and golds, with the occasional pop of a tropical print. Liam Hess, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2022 College football is grubby, greedy, unrepentant and unfixable. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 30 Nov. 2021 Since the virus uses its spike proteins like grubby little hands to latch on to and enter your cells, changes in the spike protein could potentially affect the virus’s ability to infect your cells. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 That’s when the players found her — thirsty, bloody, clutching her grubby copy of Miranda’s graphic novel. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 The Housewives Institute got its grubby mitts on the list of panels that were planned for the event and can exclusively reveal them for you now. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of grubby

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 May 2022

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

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