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Definition of "grubby" []

  • Dirty; grimy: grubby old work clothes. (adjective)
  • Infested with grubs. (adjective)
  • Contemptible; despicable: has a grubby way of treating others. (adjective)
  • Dirty; slovenly (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Mean; beggarly (adjective)
  • Infested with grubs (adjective)

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Use "grubby" in a sentence
  • "The phrase "British cinema documentary" came to mean a black and white collage of steam locomotives, slag heaps, women in grubby kitchens and men in flat caps, searchlights and bomb damage."
  • "Are they scriveners churning out what the novelist Richard Yates himself a sometimes adman called "grubby little jobs for hire," or are they skilled poets performing on a commercial canvas?"
  • "Thereupon he engages in what can only be described as a grubby piece of attempted blackmail of his party leader which was rightly rebuffed."