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grubby1

[gruhb-ee]
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adjective, grub·bi·er, grub·bi·est.
  1. dirty; slovenly: children with grubby faces and sad eyes.
  2. infested with or affected by grubs or larvae.
  3. contemptible: grubby political tricks.
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Origin of grubby1

First recorded in 1605–15; grub + -y1
Related formsgrub·bi·ly, adverbgrub·bi·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. grimy, unkempt, messy, filthy, bedraggled.
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

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    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • That first bathe seemed to wash away all the heat and smoke and grubbiness of dear old London.


British Dictionary definitions for grubbiness

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 grubbiness

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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