grub|by [ˈgrʌbi] adj
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: GRUB1; because places full of grubs are dirty]
1.) fairly dirty
a grubby handkerchief
a gang of grubby kids
2.) grubby behaviour or activity is morally unpleasant
the grubby details of his financial dealings
3.) grubby hands/paws/mitts informal
used to talk about someone touching something or becoming involved in it when you do not want them to
Keep your grubby paws to yourself!
I bet he can't wait to get his grubby hands on my money!
>grubbiness n [U]

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  • Grubby — Grub by, a. [From {Grub}.] Dirty; unclean. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] The grubby game of marbles. Lond. Sat. Rev. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grubby — Grub by, n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of {Cottus}; a sculpin. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grubby — dirty, by 1845, from GRUB (Cf. grub) (n.) in a sense of dirty child (who presumably got that way from digging in earth) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Earlier it was used in a sense of stunted, dwarfish (1610s) and infested with grubs (1725). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grubby — [adj] dirty, disheveled besmeared, black, filthy, foul, frowzy*, grimy, grungy*, impure, messy, mucky*, nasty, scruffy, scuzzy*, seedy*, shabby, sloppy, slovenly, smutty*, soiled, sordid, squalid, unclean, uncleanly, unkempt, untidy, unwashed;… …   New thesaurus

  • grubby — ► ADJECTIVE (grubbier, grubbiest) 1) dirty; grimy. 2) disreputable; sordid. DERIVATIVES grubbily adverb grubbiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • grubby — [grub′ē] adj. grubbier, grubbiest 1. infested with grubs, esp. with botfly larvae, as cattle or sheep 2. dirty; messy; untidy 3. inferior, contemptible, mean, etc. grubbily adv. grubbiness n …   English World dictionary

  • Grubby — Manuel „Grubby“ Schenkhuizen (* 11. Mai 1986) ist ein niederländischer professioneller Warcraft III Spieler. Im Februar 2008 wechselte er zum E Sport Clan MeetYourMakers (kurz MYM), nachdem sich sein vorheriger Clan 4Kings wegen finanzieller… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • grubby — [[t]grʌ̱bi[/t]] grubbier, grubbiest 1) ADJ GRADED A grubby person or object is rather dirty. His white coat was grubby and stained. with grubby faces. Syn: grimy 2) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you call an activity or someone s behaviour… …   English dictionary

  • grubby — adjective 1 fairly dirty: a grubby handkerchief 2 grubby behaviour or activity is morally unpleasant: the grubby details of Harper s financial dealings grubbiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • grubby — UK [ˈɡrʌbɪ] / US adjective Word forms grubby : adjective grubby comparative grubbier superlative grubbiest 1) dirty and needing to be washed He wore torn jeans and a grubby shirt. 2) dishonest and morally bad Derived word: grubbiness noun… …   English dictionary

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