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grubby

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[ gruhb-ee ]
/ ˈgrʌb i /
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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.
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Origin of grubby

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First recorded in 1605–15; grub + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM grubby

grub·bi·ly, adverbgrub·bi·ness, noun

Other definitions for grubby (2 of 2)

grubby2
[ gruhb-ee ]
/ ˈgrʌb i /

noun, plural grub·bies.
a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England.

Origin of grubby

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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 forms of grubby

grubbily, adverbgrubbiness, noun
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