grub

verb
\ ˈgrəb How to pronounce grub (audio) \
grubbed; grubbing

Definition of grub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to clear by digging up roots and stumps
2 : to dig up by or as if by the roots

intransitive verb

1a : to dig in the ground especially for something that is difficult to find or extract
b : to search about grubbed in the countryside for foodLamp
2 : toil, drudge grubbing along at newspaper jobs— Walter Kirn

grub

noun

Definition of grub (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soft thick wormlike larva of an insect (such as a beetle)
2a : one who does menial work : drudge
b : a slovenly person
3 : food

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Other Words from grub

Verb

grubber noun

Examples of grub in a Sentence

Verb Everyone was grubbing for whatever food they could find. students grubbing for better grades Noun Let's go get some grub. after the game, we headed to the diner for some hearty grub
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No henchmen of adversarial intelligence services or money-grubbing fraudsters are going to abide by such a magnanimous international accord—even if governments or corporations pay it lip service. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "A ‘digital ceasefire’ is unrealistic during the pandemic," 15 Apr. 2020 In its prickliness and insistence on the messiness and ineluctable pain of life, this is very different from the pandering, gold-grubbing titles that tend to hit theaters starting around now. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Around the Movie World in 17 Days at the New York Film Festival," 26 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter China’s freewheeling internet users hand plenty of precious information over to the country’s data-grubbing apps. The Economist, "Chinese netizens get privacy-conscious," 7 Sep. 2019 Sonny’s Everyman tale revives the hope that cinema might still be a popular art form, even as the movie year heads into its ugliest, platitudinous, awards-grubbing phase. Armond White, National Review, "Bottom of the 9th: Sympathy for the Underdog," 6 Sep. 2019 Enter Maximus Worthington, a money-grubbing real estate tycoon danced by CTT artistic director and lead choreographer Mark Yonally, who promises big profits for DRC by using a trickle-down model. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Tap’s ambitious ‘Saving the World’ is a sassy step into politics," 9 June 2019 In an interview with People, the 48-year-old opened up about her go-to grub. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's What 'Blue Bloods' Star Bridget Moynahan Is Eating During the Family Dinners," 3 May 2019 The amateur hunters and the independent and commercial hunters aren’t all venal, money-grubbing opportunists. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A dinosaur obsession leads to stolen fossils and prison time in this new book," 15 Oct. 2018 Eleven-year-old Nan works with a gang of other kids her age, and younger, as a chimney sweep for a money-grubbing sadist named Wilkie Crudd. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Pachyderm Parties and a Hue That’ll Make You Cry," 20 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hat Tricks pizza was fantastic, and a greater representation of pub grub than the typical wings and burger fare found in most suburban sports-centric dives. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "The Avezzano family keeps Coach Joe’s legacy alive with new Yonkers Pizza Company," 18 Nov. 2020 Late summer and early fall is the time that grub damage is most likely to show up in lawns. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Holes in lawns could be from critters digging for grubs — here’s how to get rid of the source of the problem," 3 Oct. 2020 The process, however, involves cooking grub slowly over time at a consistent water temperature. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 19 Nov. 2020 At serving time, the campfire grub ran to biscuits, tin pot coffee, beef stew and chili, with plenty of beans. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Horse Head Crossing — where men and cattle died," 6 Nov. 2020 For afternoon hunts, focus on hot scrapes located just off food sources, as mature bucks will be scent-checking scrapes while monitoring the nearby grub for hungry does. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The 7 Best Days of the 2020 Whitetail Deer Rut," 20 Oct. 2020 Meg may have weighed as much as three times more, and would have presumably required proportional grub. Riley Black, Popular Science, "Could an ancient megashark still lurk in the deep seas?," 15 Oct. 2020 Why did Fieri take a keen interest in Los Bocados' gas-station grub? Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Guy Fieri and 'DDD’ should just name South Florida their favorite Flavortown already," 12 Nov. 2020 This downtown Tempe brewery brings an elevated interpretation to pub grub. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of grub

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grub

Verb

Middle English grubben; akin to Old English grafan to dig — more at grave

Noun

Middle English grubbe, from grubben

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The first known use of grub was in the 14th century

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“Grub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grub. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for grub

grub

verb
How to pronounce grub (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to dig in the ground for something that is difficult to find or remove
informal : to search for something : to try hard to get or find something

grub

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grub (Entry 2 of 2)

: the young form of an insect in which it looks like a small worm

grub

verb
\ ˈgrəb How to pronounce grub (audio) \
grubbed; grubbing

Kids Definition of grub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to find by digging grub for roots
2 : to work hard

grub

noun

Kids Definition of grub (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soft thick wormlike larva (as of a beetle)

grub

noun
\ ˈgrəb How to pronounce grub (audio) \

Medical Definition of grub

: a soft thick wormlike larva of an insect

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