adjective, grab·bi·er, grab·bi·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. grab bar,
  2. grab rope,
  3. grab-bag,
  4. grabber,
  5. grabble,
  6. graben,
  7. gracchi,
  8. gracchus,
  9. grace,
  10. grace cup

Origin of grabby

First recorded in 1905–10; grab1 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grabby


adjective -bier or -biest

greedy or selfish
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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