Definition of grabby in US English:



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

    • ‘Yesterday, everyone seemed to be stupid and grabby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have felt that asking for money is grabby and materialistic and very opposed to all the qualities I am trying to imbue.’
    • ‘Seven weekly dictators grind us down with their controlling, grabby personalities.’
    • ‘But I can see in her performances, interviews and general demeanour that she is still the loud, selfish, grabby person she was back then.’
    grasping, greedy, rapacious, insatiable, yearning, acquisitive, desirous, possessive, selfish
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    1. 1.1 Attracting 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.’
      • ‘It's full of grabby descriptions and witty, off-the-cuff dialogue.’
      • ‘The TV show, a soapy black comedy about the inhabitants of a suburban cul-de-sac, features a grabby blend of sex and mystery.’
      • ‘The pace and tone of a newspaper must be set by lively graphics, grabby photos and imaginative use of type.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’