grubby

adjective grub·by \ ˈgrə-bē \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of grubby

grubbier; grubbiest
1 : infested with fly maggots
2 a : dirty, grimy
  • grubby hands
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

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First Known Use of grubby

1725

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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GRUBBY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of grubby for English Language Learners

  • : dirty or messy


GRUBBY Defined for Kids

grubby

adjective grub·by \ ˈgrə-bē \

Definition of grubby for Students

grubbier; grubbiest
: 1dirty 1


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