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adj. grab·bi·er, grab·bi·est Informal
1. Acquisitive or greedy.
2. Attracting attention; striking: "Many critics charge, however, that these new resources are being used ... to attract viewers, using grabby images and exotic locales" (Alan Bunce).

grab′bi·ness n.


adj, -bier or -biest
1. greedy or selfish
2. direct, stimulating, or attention-grabbing: grabbier opening paragraphs.


(ˈgræb i)

adj. -bi•er, -bi•est.
1. grasping; greedy.
2. Informal. provoking immediate attention.
3. tending to grab or adhere.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.grabby - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealthgrabby - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"


Informal. Having a strong urge to obtain or possess something, especially material wealth, in quantity:


adj (inf: = wanting possessions) → raffgierig, raffsüchtig; (= wanting more)gierig
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