Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Dirty; grimy: synonym: dirty.
  • adjective Infested with grubs.
  • adjective Contemptible; despicable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Dirty; unclean, as if from grubbing.
  • Stunted; poor; peevish.
  • Infected with grubs.
  • noun The common sculpin, a cottoid fish, Acanthocottus æneus, of New England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective colloq. Dirty; unclean.
  • noun (Zoöl.), Local, U. S. Any species of Cottus; a sculpin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Dirty, unwashed, unclean.
  • adjective Having grubs in it.
  • noun US, dialect Any species of Cottus; a sculpin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
  • adjective infested with grubs
  • noun small sculpin of the coast of New England

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The phrase "British cinema documentary" came to mean a black and white collage of steam locomotives, slag heaps, women in grubby kitchens and men in flat caps, searchlights and bomb damage.

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  • Are they scriveners churning out what the novelist Richard Yates himself a sometimes adman called "grubby little jobs for hire," or are they skilled poets performing on a commercial canvas?

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  • Are they scriveners churning out what the novelist Richard Yates himself a sometimes adman called "grubby little jobs for hire," or are they skilled poets performing on a commercial canvas?

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  • Thereupon he engages in what can only be described as a grubby piece of attempted blackmail of his party leader which was rightly rebuffed.

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  • Thereupon he engages in what can only be described as a grubby piece of attempted blackmail of his party leader which was rightly rebuffed.

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  • From being so much with the judges, I grew quite learned in French legal terms, talked of the parquet (which means the Bar), and invariably termed the grubby little Nyons law-court the Palais.

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  • I plan to double what I regularly give to the Obama campaign as an affirmative protest against this kind of grubby low-level attack.

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  • In the book she recalls him noticing they were "grubby" after a journey from Vienna, and showing them to the bathroom, where he had brushes inscribed "AH".

    The Duchess of Devonshire: 'When you are very old, you cry over some things, but not a lot'

  • The group had been told to dress "grubby," bring tools, and, now, to "buddy up."

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