grubbiness

[ gruhb-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF grubbiness

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRUBBINESS

It was M.D. who sent me there by scolding me into realization of my grubbiness four years ago; I want to have my honeymoon there.

That first bathe seemed to wash away all the heat and smoke and grubbiness of dear old London.

WORD ORIGIN

"dirty," by 1845, from grub (n.) in a sense of "dirty child" (who presumably got that way from digging in earth) + -y (2). Earlier it was used in a sense of "stunted, dwarfish" (1610s) and "infested with grubs" (1725). Related: Grubbily; grubbiness.

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