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[muhn-ee-gruhb-er] /ˈmʌn iˌgrʌb ər/
noun, Informal.
a person who is aggressively engaged in or preoccupied with making or saving money.
Origin of moneygrubber
1830-40; money + grubber
Related forms
moneygrubbing, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But his flat-bottomed small-draught steamers have made his family one of the richest of the money-grubbing ring in Yucatan.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • They have become absorbed in money-grubbing and what they call industry.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • Thus the controversy is conducted by those who generally think that commerce is superior to Greek, money-grubbing to good manners.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton Patrick Braybrooke
  • It is no scandal to say that money-grubbing in the dale is proverbial.

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
  • They were a money-grubbing, crafty family; and their word was not to be trusted.

  • Say, I want to tell you this is the least money-grubbing land there is!

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • There was yet one more man who wanted to marry the determined, money-grubbing woman.

    The Root of All Evil J. S. Fletcher
  • He had made enough to satisfy us two, without any more 'money-grubbing,' as he termed it.

  • You've no notion of how sordid and money-grubbing and English the mass of our people are becoming.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Do interpose a little ease and recreation amid the money-grubbing which confines you to the town.

    Horace William Tuckwell
British Dictionary definitions for money-grubbing


(informal) seeking greedily to obtain money at every opportunity
Derived Forms
money-grubber, noun
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