Meaning of “grubby” in the English Dictionary


"grubby" in English

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uk /ˈɡrʌb.i/ us /ˈɡrʌb.i/

informal dirty:

He was wearing some old shorts and a grubby T-shirt.
Don't wipe your grubby hands on my clean towel!

disapproving If you describe an activity or someone's behaviour as grubby, you do not think that it is honest, fair, or acceptable:

She sees the business of making money as just grubby opportunism.
He doesn't want this story to get into the grubby hands of the tabloid press (= to be obtained by newspapers that are not honest and fair).

(Definition of “grubby” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grubby" in American English

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us /ˈɡrʌb·i/

dirty or messy:

grubby old clothes

(Definition of “grubby” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)