Definition of grabby in English:


adjectiveadjective grabbier, adjective grabbiest

  • 1North American informal Having or showing a selfish desire for something; greedy.

    • ‘When trademark holders get greedy and grabby, we need to speak out, we need to protest - the important word in ‘intellectual property’ isn't property, it's intellectual.’
    • ‘This was supposed to be a caring decade in reaction to the grabby, selfish Eighties, but in fact it was the period when spin, gloss and make-over became words of excited approval, and led us to where we are today.’
    • ‘But I can see in her performances, interviews and general demeanour that she is still the loud, selfish, grabby person she was back then.’
    • ‘Yesterday, everyone seemed to be stupid and grabby.’
    • ‘Seven weekly dictators grind us down with their controlling, grabby personalities.’
    • ‘We all get more and more grabby and increasing numbers of people want a piece of it.’
    • ‘We left the meeting exhausted, exhilarated, and dreaming of when we'd get our grubby, grabby mitts on some final code.’
    • ‘I have felt that asking for money is grabby and materialistic and very opposed to all the qualities I am trying to imbue.’
    grasping, greedy, rapacious, insatiable, yearning, acquisitive, desirous, possessive, selfish
    1. 1.1Attracting attention; arousing people's interest.
      ‘a grabby angle on a news story’
      • ‘This uncertainty continues across to a grabby adjacent image of a huge, overpowdered, ageing face, smiling behind a veil, encountered on Fifth Avenue.’
      • ‘Adding to that is the fact that the song is sequenced at #3 on the album, typically a place for really grabby singles.’
      • ‘It's vivid, refulgent work, and a perfect introduction to a charging score that starts out bold and grabby and never lets up.’
      • ‘The TV show, a soapy black comedy about the inhabitants of a suburban cul-de-sac, features a grabby blend of sex and mystery.’
      • ‘She'sn't obtuse, but she's proven time and again that she'd sooner go for a simple, grabby lyric than one that actually said something.’
      • ‘It's full of grabby descriptions and witty, off-the-cuff dialogue.’
      • ‘The pace and tone of a newspaper must be set by lively graphics, grabby photos and imaginative use of type.’



/ˈɡrabē/ /ˈɡræbi/