grubby

(redirected from grubbiness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

grubbies

slang Unattractive articles of clothing that are old, shabby, or dirty. It's a Sunday afternoon, so I'm just hanging around the house in some grubbies.
See also: grubby

grubby

1. Dirty. Hey, wash your grubby hands before coming to dinner!
2. Unkempt. Let me change first—I don't want anyone to see me looking this grubby!

grubbies

and grubbers and grubs (ˈgrəbiz and ˈgrəbɚz and grəbz)
n. worn-out clothing; clothing one wears for the occasional dirty job. There I was, running around in my grubs when the senator stops by to say hello! It’s time to wash these grubbies.
See also: grubby

grubby

(ˈgrəbi)
mod. unclean; untidy; unshaven. Who’s that grubby guy?
References in periodicals archive ?
Putting to one side the glory, Whitley demonstrated the grubbiness that wins a club a national trophy, overcoming an early deficit then Richard Hodgson's sending off to earn today's fifth round replay against Chertsey Town at Hillheads.
Erasing the sanitizing stamp of musical-theater coyness, Greenberg brings a fascinating melancholy grubbiness to this cynical story of sordid emotional transactions and opportunistic behavior in late-1930s Chicago.
Only without the grubbiness - tuberculosis couldn't live in most of those places!"
Fireworks combines the primitive grubbiness of a closet film with a clarity of symbolic structure, and these antithetical energies sharpen each other.
It is the way of escape--from the cell of the self, from the solipsist nightmare, from the grubbiness of materialism, from the overwhelming fact, in every age, of sin and sorrow.
The viewer yearns for a little more gustatory brio (and less cat-petting) and for more veritable nineteenth-century grubbiness.
This multi-talented device contains a stylus for those fat-of-finger, a wet cleaner to get rid of the grubbiness and a micro fibre cleaning cloth that doubles as a pouch.
As for Owen, this reps a very welcome rebound from the similarly globetrotting "The International," where he was locked into a state of unrelieved grubbiness and anger.
Do students grasp the implications of the roughness of the paper and blurriness of the printer's ink and general grubbiness of playbills in the (very useful) Chadwyck-Healey microfiche collection of London playbills or the digitised images on the Mander and Mitchenson or East London web-sites?
The almost clinical setting of pristine white walls and gleaming glass formed a deliberate contrast to the grubbiness of the art and the conditions outside.
Even so, there's an authentic grubbiness about these hardened criminals and absolutely no glamourising of their profession.
The Graces present their dazzlingly white bottoms to the entrance, and it is impossible not to notice the comparative grubbiness of the rest, a tribute to more moderate conservation practises in the West, perhaps?
In some ways, Cotton Mather was Wendell's Mont Michel et Chartres--his historical counter to the grubbiness of modernity,--replacing Henry Adams's high altar and Gothic stained-glass windows with the pulpit, white walls, and clear light of a Congregational Church.
Since "Howl," [Ginsberg's] recipe has remained pretty much the same throughout; take one part anti-Establishment rhetoric, one part sexual indelicacy, one part scatology and general grubbiness, and mix rather sloppily.