- The definition of grub is a stubby worm-shaped larva of some insects, or a slang term for food.
An example of grub is the stage of a beetle before it cocoons and turns into its beetle form.
- Grub is defined as to dig, search through or work very hard.
An example of grub is digging and pulling weeds out of a garden bed.
intransitive verbgrubbed, grubbing
- to dig in the ground
- to work hard, esp. at something menial or tedious; drudge
- to search about; rummage
Origin of grub< grubSlang to eat
Origin of grubMiddle English grubben, to dig, probably ; from Old English an unverified form grybban (akin to Old High German grubilōn, to bore into): for Indo-European base see grave
- to clear (ground) of roots and stumps by digging them up
- to dig up by or as by the roots; root out; uproot
- the short, fat, wormlike larva of certain insects, esp. of a beetle
- a person who works hard at some menial or tedious work; drudge
Origin of grub< ? notion “what is grubbed for”Slang food
Origin of grubME grubbe, prob. < the v.
verbgrubbed grubbed, grub·bing, grubs
- To dig up by or as if by the roots: grubbed carrots with a stick.
- To clear of roots and stumps by digging: grubbed a small plot.
- Slang To obtain by importunity: grub a cigarette.
- To dig in the earth: grub for potatoes.
- a. To search laboriously by or as if by digging; rummage.b. To toil arduously; drudge: grub for a living.
- The thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects.
- A drudge.
- Slang Food.
Origin of grubMiddle English grubben, from Old English *grybban; see ghrebh-2 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural grubs)
(third-person singular simple present grubs, present participle grubbing, simple past and past participle grubbed)
From hypothetical Old English root *grubbian, from Proto-Germanic *grubb- (compare Old High German grubilōn (“to dig, search”), German grübeln (“to meditate, ponder”)), from Proto-Germanic *grub- (“to dig”). The noun sense of "larva" (c.1400) may derive from the notion of "digging insect" or from the possibly unrelated Middle English grub (“dwarfish fellow”). The slang sense of "food" is first recorded 1659, has been linked with birds eating grubs or with bub (“drink”)."