|Origin:||GRUB1; because places full of grubs are dirty|
a grubby handkerchief
a gang of grubby kids
grubby behaviour or activity is morally unpleasant:
the grubby details of his financial dealings
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
similar words: filthy, grubby, grimy, mucky British English, muddy, greasy, dusty, soiled, contaminated, polluted
➔ See also dirty