adjective, grub·bi·er, grub·bi·est.
- grub hoe,
- grub saw,
- grub screw,
- grub street,
Origin of grubby1
noun, plural grub·bies.
Origin of grubby2
Examples from the Web for grubby
But Paltrow and Lively insist on deep meaning besides the grubby business of trade.
Perfume bottles and weathered papyrus replicas gather dust in the grubby window displays of the empty shops.
His friend to the north, Paul Kagame, is another authoritarian with grubby hands, feted nonetheless.Liberian Nostalgia for War Criminal Charles Taylor|Finlay Young|April 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Before the envelope containing salacious details makes it into the grubby hands of the media, tell everything.
Each of them was actually owned by more than 25,000 member banks, and one hand washed the grubby hand of the other.
He held out a grubby paw and shook the now very much embarrassed Derrick by the hand.The Woman's Way|Charles Garvice
And, goodness knows, you've had enough to knock you out and to make you think all sorts of grubby thoughts.Stranded in Arcady|Francis Lynde
The Master looked up and down—he sniffed the air, which was stuffy, with peculiar satisfaction: he smiled upon the grubby houses.The Ivory Gate, a new edition|Walter Besant
The grubby boy was just too astonished to cry, just too proud of travelling in a carriage.A Poor Man's House|Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Madame's daughter, I thought, looking up at the woman standing in front of me in a grubby bodice and tousled hair.Now It Can Be Told|Philip Gibbs
adjective -bier or -biest
"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.