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grubby2

[gruhb-ee]
noun, plural grub·bies.
  1. a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England.
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Origin of grubby2

origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for grubbies

grubby

adjective -bier or -biest
  1. dirty; slovenly
  2. mean; beggarly
  3. infested with grubs
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Derived Formsgrubbily, adverbgrubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grubbies

grubby

adj.

"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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