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grubby1

[gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/
adjective, grubbier, grubbiest.
1.
dirty; slovenly:
children with grubby faces and sad eyes.
2.
infested with or affected by grubs or larvae.
3.
contemptible:
grubby political tricks.
Origin of grubby1
1605-1615
1605-15; grub + -y1
Related forms
grubbily, adverb
grubbiness, noun
Synonyms
1. grimy, unkempt, messy, filthy, bedraggled.

grubby2

[gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/
noun, plural grubbies.
1.
a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England.
Origin
origin uncertain
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  • There was a motor car, a bottle of whisky, and for him a grubby shrieking cash-girl from Parcher and Stein's.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • The cleaner-by-the-day will do the grubby things and I shall like it.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • So, reversing the order of Nature, the butterfly had retired into a 'grubby' state.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • They made their way through a swarm of grubby children, and entered the porch.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Instead therefore of grubby blackguards as saints we have grubby blackguards as devils.

    A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas
British Dictionary definitions for grubby

grubby

/ˈɡrʌbɪ/
adjective -bier, -biest
1.
dirty; slovenly
2.
mean; beggarly
3.
infested with grubs
Derived Forms
grubbily, adverb
grubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grubby
adj.

"dirty," by 1845, from grub (n.) in a sense of "dirty child" (who presumably got that way from digging in earth) + -y (2). Earlier it was used in a sense of "stunted, dwarfish" (1610s) and "infested with grubs" (1725). Related: Grubbily; grubbiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grubby

grubby

adjective

Not clean; dirty: grubby kid

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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