- 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.
- to dig in the ground
- to work hard, esp. at something menial or tedious; drudge
- to search about; rummage
Origin: < grubSlang to eat
Origin: Middle 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: < ? notion “what is grubbed for”Slang food
Origin: ME grubbe, prob. < the v.
- grubber noun
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verb grubbed grubbed, grub·bing, grubs verb, transitive
- 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: Middle English grubben, from Old English *grybban; see ghrebh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- grubˈber noun