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grub

verb \ ˈgrəb \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of grub

grubbed; grubbing
transitive verb
1 : to clear by digging up roots and stumps
2 : to dig up by or as if by the roots
intransitive verb
1 a : to dig in the ground especially for something that is difficult to find or extract
b : to search about
  • grubbed in the countryside for food
  • Lamp
2 : toil, drudge
  • grubbing along at newspaper jobs
  • —Walter Kirn

grubber

noun

Examples of grub in a Sentence

  1. Everyone was grubbing for whatever food they could find.

  2. students grubbing for better grades

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Origin and Etymology of grub

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

grub Synonyms

Synonyms
bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), drudge, endeavor, fag, labor, hump, hustle, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, travail, tug, work
Related Words
apply (oneself), buckle (down), dig in, hammer (away), knuckle down, pitch in; attack, drive; essay, try; exercise, exert, overexert, overwork; eke out, grind (out), put out, scrabble, scratch; trudge, wade
Near Antonyms
break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

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grub

noun

Definition of grub

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

Examples of grub in a Sentence

  1. Let's go get some grub.

  2. after the game, we headed to the diner for some hearty grub

Recent Examples of grub from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of grub

Middle English grubbe, from grubben

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GRUB Defined for English Language Learners

grub

verb

Definition of grub for English Language Learners

  • : to dig in the ground for something that is difficult to find or remove

  • : to search for something : to try hard to get or find something


grub

noun

Definition of grub for English Language Learners

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


GRUB Defined for Kids

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grub

verb \ ˈgrəb \

Definition of grub for Students

grubbed; grubbing
1 : to find by digging
  • grub for roots
2 : to work hard

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grub

noun

Definition of grub for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

grub

noun \ ˈgrəb \

medical Definition of grub

: a soft thick wormlike larva of an insect


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