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adjective, grab·bi·er, grab·bi·est.
  1. tending to grab or grasp for gain; greedy: a grabby ticket scalper.
  2. Slang. provoking immediate attention or interest; arresting: a poster with some really grabby artwork.
  3. having a capacity for or tendency toward holding, grasping, or sticking: Car tires that are too grabby waste fuel.
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Origin of grabby

First recorded in 1905–10; grab1 + -y1
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  • Besides, with no elders to restrain him, Harold was decidedly rude and "grabby."

    The Cinder Pond

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British Dictionary definitions for grabby


adjective -bier or -biest
  1. greedy or selfish
  2. direct, stimulating, or attention-grabbinggrabbier opening paragraphs
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Word Origin and History for grabby


1910, from grab (v.) + -y (2). Related: Grabbiness.

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