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


[gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/
noun, plural grubbies.
a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England.
origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • But such efforts have met fierce resistance from villagers and local politicians, who see the roamers as grubby outsiders.
  • It's possible, of course, but national politicians tend to have enough sense to steer clear of such grubby quid-pro-quos.
  • For one thing, the objects themselves seem far removed from the grubby world of crime and punishment.
  • The story offers a few surprises, and the bowels of the railway station are scenic, in their grubby way.
  • In the bleakness of early spring, the drawn faces and grubby homes take on the grays and browns of the landscape.
  • Once viewed as grubby gambling dens, prediction markets have sharpened up.
  • And unlike the glitzy casinos, greyhound tracks offer a sad world of sticky escalators, grubby walls and horrible food.
  • But partnerships with grubby firms risk turning off its million-odd individual donors.
  • The opposition has also been tainted by grubby funding scandals.
  • The gloom is almost palpable in the city, which these days looks grubby and unconfident.
British Dictionary definitions for grubby


adjective -bier, -biest
dirty; slovenly
mean; beggarly
infested with grubs
Derived Forms
grubbily, adverb
grubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grubby

"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



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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