grubby grubby  /ˈɡrə bi/


  1. (n) small sculpin of the coast of New England
  2. (adj) infested with grubs
  3. (adj) thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot


Derived Word(s)


  1. His farming success is due not to the efficiency of hired supervisors, but to the long hours of gritty, grubby work he himself does afield.
  2. In those grubby, old surroundings, it was like she was from a dream or an entirely different planet.


  1. Parasites pester panfish in Stockade Lake

    Wormy perch. Grubby bluegills. And a crappie here and there that wiggles where it shouldn't.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Rapid City Journal

  2. Review: The National in concert at Lincoln Center

    Just a few years back, it would have been hard to imagine a band as introverted and melancholy as The National turning pop-star tricks and selling out huge arenas. But its popularity has grown to such a level that it can no longer be contained by grubby bars filled with...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: New York Post


  1. "The living standards in the country are probably the lowest of any in the world, you have an absolutely unbelievable rate of inflation," Howard said. "I have no doubt that if this tour goes ahead it will be an enormous boost to this grubby...
    on May 12, 2007 By: John Howard Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. A Tory peer has been ordered to think before opening his mouth after making remarks about "grubby, drunken and promiscuous" nurses, David Cameron said.
    on Mar 1, 2008 By: David Cameron Source: ic Coventry

  3. "The corrupted clown face is built into the icon of the Joker, but we gave a Francis Bacon spin to it. This corruption, this decay in the texture of the look itself. It's grubby. You can almost imagine what he smells like," Nolan said.
    on Jan 14, 2008 By: Christopher Nolan Source: MSNBC

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