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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: GRUB1; because places full of grubs are dirty

grubby

adjective
     
grub‧by
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 noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: dirty WORD FOCUS: dirty
similar words: filthy, grubby, grimy, mucky British English, muddy, greasy, dusty, soiled, contaminated, polluted


See also
dirty

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