grubby

1
[ gruhb-ee ]
/ ˈgrʌb i /

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.

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

1
First recorded in 1605–15; grub + -y1

Related formsgrub·bi·ly, adverbgrub·bi·ness, noun

grubby

2
[ gruhb-ee ]
/ ˈgrʌb i /

noun, plural grub·bies.

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

Origin of grubby

2
origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for grubby

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 grubby

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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