grubby

Grubby things are really dirty, like your little sister's grubby hands after she's spent an afternoon making mud pies.

Have you ever seen a little kid eat a chocolate ice cream cone on a hot day? Picture the kid's face covered in chocolate and you'll have a good idea of what grubby means! This adjective dates back to the mid-19th century, from grub, which means "insect larva" and which was once colloquially used to mean "dirty child."

Definitions of grubby
1

adj thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot

grubby little fingers”
Synonyms:
begrimed, dingy, grimy, grungy, raunchy
dirty, soiled, unclean
soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

adj infested with grubs

n small sculpin of the coast of New England

Synonyms:
Myxocephalus aenaeus
Type of:
sculpin
any of numerous spiny large-headed usually scaleless scorpaenoid fishes with broad mouths

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