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

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 For many Pakistanis, his reputation for personal probity sets him apart from his money-grubbing peers. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 Stanley’s stainless-steel, double-wall insulated food jar keeps grub hot for up to 12 hours. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts—for $45 or Less," 11 June 2018 In his New Voices commentary in Thursday’s Sentinel, Ben Friedman touches on all of the standard arguments against red-light cameras: invasion of privacy, lack of police oversight, money-grubbing municipalities, and on and on. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Smile, and not just when you run red lights: Cameras are everywhere," 17 May 2018 The Supreme Court’s landmark 1992 Quill decision protects small businesses across the country from tax-grubbing politicians across the country. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Interstate Tax Grab," 15 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The cozy and casual Water Street Grill (www.waterstgrill.com) serves upscale pub grub (craft burgers, meatloaf sandwich, and pulled pork with waffle fries), and has an impressive rotating lineup of artisan draft beers. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "After the show’s over, stay and explore," 27 June 2019 New food Summerfest added some refreshing, and some outrageous, grub this year. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Checking out 7 new things to experience (and eat) at the Big Gig," 27 June 2019 Ohio Cincinnati: Taxpayers in Hamilton County next year will buy $75,000 worth of crickets, grubs, worms, nightcrawlers and minnows. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 Meg Vogel, Cincinnati Taxpayers in Hamilton County next year will buy $75,000 worth of crickets, grubs, worms, nightcrawlers and minnows. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "It takes a lot of green to buy greens for manatees. Here's how the Cincinnati Zoo spends your money," 24 June 2019 Besides the beer, grub and Great America’s regular attractions (like the Gold Striker and RailBlazer roller coasters), folks will also be able to enjoy live entertainment, outdoor games and activities and an exciting fireworks show each evening. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Red, White and Brews returns to California’s Great America," 20 June 2019 If that doesn't work, however, there are natural ways to kill the beetle grubs in your lawn. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Moles in Your Yard," 30 Jan. 2019 In the second video, Kaley is the only one still eating the food and a member of the crew is seen stacking plates and dumping the remaining grub in what appears to be a trash receptacle. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kaley Cuoco Responds to 'Big Bang Theory' Fans Outraged About Her Behind-the-Scenes Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 The skinny: Check out art from more than 150 artists and enjoy local grub and live music. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this weekend: Windy City Wine Festival, Oktoberfest, Renegade Craft Fair," 8 Sep. 2017

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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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grub

verb

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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