Definition of grubby adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌbi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌbi//
    (grubbier, grubbiest) Immoral
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  1. 1rather dirty, usually because it has not been washed or cleaned grubby hands/clothes Synonymsdirtydusty filthy muddy soiled grubby stainedThese words all describe somebody/​something that is not clean.dirty not clean; covered with dust, soil, mud, oil, etc:If your hands are dirty, go and wash them.dusty full of dust; covered with dust:There were shelves full of dusty books.filthy very dirty and unpleasant:It’s absolutely filthy in here.muddy full of or covered in mud:Don’t you come in here with those muddy boots on!soiled (rather formal) dirty, especially with waste from the body:soiled nappies/​diapersgrubby (rather informal) rather dirty, usually because it has not been washed:He hoped she wouldn’t notice his grubby shirt cuffs.stained (often in compounds) covered with stains; marked with a stain (= a dirty mark that is difficult to remove):a pair of paint-stained jeansPatterns dirty/​dusty/​filthy/​muddy/​soiled/​grubby/​stained clothes dirty/​dusty/​filthy/​grubby hands a dirty/​dusty/​filthy room to get dirty/​dusty/​filthy/​muddy/​stained
  2. 2unpleasant because it involves activities that are dishonest or immoral synonym sordid a grubby scandal See related entries: Immoral
  3. Extra examples Having to put on unwashed clothes made her feel grubby. He hoped she wouldn’t notice his grubby shirt cuffs. My hands are a bit grubby.
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