[gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/

adjective, grubbier, grubbiest.
dirty; slovenly:
children with grubby faces and sad eyes.
infested with or affected by or larvae.
grubby political tricks.
[gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/
noun, plural grubbies.
a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England.
adjective -bier, -biest
dirty; slovenly
mean; beggarly
infested with grubs

“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.


Not clean; dirty: grubby kid


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