grubby

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[ gruhb-ee ]
/ ˈgrʌb i /

noun, plural grub·bies.

a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England.

Nearby words

  1. grub hoe,
  2. grub saw,
  3. grub screw,
  4. grub street,
  5. grubber,
  6. grubelsucht,
  7. gruber,
  8. grubstake,
  9. grubstreet,
  10. grubworm

Origin of grubby

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origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for grubbies

grubby

/ (ˈɡrʌbɪ) /

adjective -bier or -biest

dirty; slovenly
mean; beggarly
infested with grubs
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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