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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRUBBY

From the miserable camp pup he glanced at the grubby face of Jamie.

The cleaner-by-the-day will do the grubby things and I shall like it.

And the boy had scrambled to his feet to extend a grubby paw.

They made their way through a swarm of grubby children, and entered the porch.

So, reversing the order of Nature, the butterfly had retired into a 'grubby' state.

They contemplated their grubby little paws with great equanimity.

I endued her grubby disorder with a sinister and magnificent quality of intention.

That word “grubby” was brought out in a way that was absolutely wonderful.

The soul of Tiki-pu gave a sharp leap in his grubby little body.

Instead therefore of grubby blackguards as saints we have grubby blackguards as devils.

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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