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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At that point, though, the threat to the N.H.S. won’t be that Trump and his American friends want their grubby hands on a national treasure. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump Triggers a Health-Care Panic in the U.K., but Brexit Is the Real Threat," 5 June 2019 As for the 2JetZ—the very small fighter jet/auto combo should hit kids’ grubby, outstretched hands in November. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "How Mattel Shrinks Cars Into Hot Wheels (Crash Test Included)," 4 June 2019 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

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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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