Grub definition

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(slang) Food.
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To dig in the earth.

Grub for potatoes.

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To dig up by or as if by the roots.

Grubbed carrots with a stick.

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To clear of roots and stumps by digging.

Grubbed a small plot.

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The thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects.
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The short, fat, wormlike larva of certain insects, esp. of a beetle.
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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.

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(slang) To obtain by importunity.

Grub a cigarette.

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To search laboriously by or as if by digging; rummage.
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To toil arduously; drudge.

Grub for a living.

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A drudge.
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To dig in the ground.
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To work hard, esp. at something menial or tedious; drudge.
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To search about; rummage.
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(slang, former) To eat.
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To clear (ground) of roots and stumps by digging them up.
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To dig up by or as by the roots; root out; uproot.
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(old, informal) A person who does menial or tedious work; drudge.
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(slang) Food.
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The thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects.
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(countable) An immature stage in the life cycle of an insect; a larva.
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(uncountable, slang) Food.
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To scavenge or in some way scrounge, typically for food.
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To dig; to dig up by the roots; to root out by digging; often followed by up.

To grub up trees, rushes, or sedge.

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(slang) To supply with food.

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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
grub
Plural:
grubs

Origin of grub

  • Middle English grubben from Old English grybban ghrebh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)."

    From Wiktionary