SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, grub·bi·er, grub·bi·est. dirty; slovenly: children with grubby faces and sad eyes. infested with or affected by grubs or larvae. contemptible: grubby political tricks. Origin of grubby 1
First recorded in
-y 1 Related forms grub·bi·ly, adverb grub·bi·ness, noun
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Related Words for grubbiness starvation
seediness Examples from the Web for grubbiness Historical Examples of grubbiness
It was M.D. who sent me there by scolding me into realization of my
grubbiness four years ago; I want to have my honeymoon there.
That first bathe seemed to wash away all the heat and smoke and
grubbiness of dear old London. British Dictionary definitions for grubbiness adjective -bier or -biest dirty; slovenly mean; beggarly infested with grubs Derived Forms grubbily, adverb grubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grubbiness 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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