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Definition of the adjective grubby

What does grubby mean as an attribute of a noun?

Grubby is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more grubby / grubbier | most grubby / grubbiest

  1. infested with grubs
  2. thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot

Alternative definition of the adjective grubby


  1. Dirty, unwashed, unclean.
  2. Having grubs in it.

Definition of the noun grubby

What does grubby mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: grubbies

  1. small sculpin of the coast of New England


  1. Grubby a.k.a. Manuel Schenkhuizen: Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, is a Dutch professional gamer. His family is of Dutch Indo descent and he was recently added to a list of famous Dutch Indo People. He has been competing in eSports in the real-time strategy games Warcraft III, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and Starcraft 2. As an Orc player, Schenkhuizen has won more than 38 LAN tournaments, of which 6 are World Championships. Grubby has been known for being part of one of the most successful WC3 teams in history, namely the British 4Kings. Later teams include the Danish MeetYourMakers and the North-American Evil Geniuses.
  2. Grubby a.k.a. Chester Dextar is an actor.


Grubby is a fictional character from the 2002 animated film Hey Arnold!: The Movie and television series Hey Arnold!.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grubby

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Google previewThe New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2015)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

grubby. noun. a young male summer resident of a camp on a Canadian lake CANADA They«re just a crowd of indistinguishable, usually grimy young boys who have to be fed three times a day, whose crusts and crumbs and rinds have to be ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ethics (2013)

by Lawrence C. Becker, Charlotte B. Becker

Grubby philosophers we needn't consider at all, of course, as they are far too common to be worth bothering about, but it should be noted that the argument would hold, if it holds at all, for any two perceptually indistinguishable objects— indeed ...

Google previewThe English Dialect Dictionary: D-G (1900)

by Joseph Wright

GRUBBY, sb. Cor.3 [gnrbi.] A group, body, or collection of things. ' Fire at thet thare grubby.' GRUBBY, adj} and v. In gen. dial, use in Sc. and Eng. Also in forms greaby Wm. ; greoby n.Cy. (Hall.) Wm. ; f ruby Cum.24 [gnrbi, grB'bi.] L adj.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary (1890)

An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney

aeneus, the grubby of the New England and New York coasts. One of the commonest on the Atlantic ...

Google previewCentury Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1906)

Including Atlas of the World and Cyclopedia of Names

aeneus, the grubby of the New England and New York coasts. One of the commonest on the Atlantic coast of the United ...

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms (1877)

A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States by John Russell Bartlett

Grubby. See Toad-Fish. Grubby and Grumpy. Massachusetts. Grantor. 1. (Genus Pogonias. Cuvier.) One of the popular names of the fish called by naturalists the Banded Drum. It is common to the Atlantic coast south of New York. Grunts and ...

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Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism. (Daniel Bell)
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Scrabble value of G2R1U1B3B3Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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