- dirty; slovenly: children with grubby faces and sad eyes.
- infested with or affected by grubs or larvae.
- contemptible: grubby political tricks.
Origin of grubby1
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1. grimy, unkempt, messy, filthy, bedraggled.
- a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England.
Origin of grubby2
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Examples from the Web for grubby
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His friend to the north, Paul Kagame, is another authoritarian with grubby hands, feted nonetheless.Liberian Nostalgia for War Criminal Charles Taylor
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Before the envelope containing salacious details makes it into the grubby hands of the media, tell everything.Weiner Should’ve Taken the Letterman Approach
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Each of them was actually owned by more than 25,000 member banks, and one hand washed the grubby hand of the other.Why Did Visa and MasterCard Get Off Scot-Free?
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From the miserable camp pup he glanced at the grubby face of Jamie.The Twins of Suffering Creek
The cleaner-by-the-day will do the grubby things and I shall like it.Jane Journeys On
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And the boy had scrambled to his feet to extend a grubby paw.
They made their way through a swarm of grubby children, and entered the porch.
So, reversing the order of Nature, the butterfly had retired into a 'grubby' state.The Convert
- dirty; slovenly
- mean; beggarly
- infested with grubs
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Word Origin and History for grubby
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