grub

verb
\ ˈgrəb \
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

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 At Martin Luther King Elementary School, the cafeteria is packed with students grubbing on whole-wheat bagels with cream cheese and fruit before rushing off to class. Katie Gillespie, The Seattle Times, "Lawmakers back ‘Breakfast After the Bell’ to feed more hungry students," 5 Feb. 2018 Jones and her son were roundly cast as villains -- and anyone who supported them, as a fool who'd been duped by the money-grubbing mother plying her child's pain for profit. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "How Keaton Jones' bullying plea brought him more bullying," 12 Dec. 2017 This is not to say that all doctors are money-grubbing slime; on the contrary, most doctors are conscientious and genuinely try to do right by their patients. Danielle Ofri, Slate Magazine, "Big Money’s Sway Over Doctors," 2 Aug. 2017 This is not to say that all doctors are money-grubbing slime Danielle Ofri, Slate Magazine, "Big Money’s Sway Over Doctors," 2 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since opening Fremont Diner in a former Highway 21 burger shack in 2009, Chad Harris has earned a loyal following of both Wine Country locals and tourists alike with the restaurant’s folksy decor and high-quality ranch-style grub. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Sonoma's beloved Fremont Diner closes suddenly," 28 June 2018 Crows from New Caledonia, an island in the South Pacific, can break off pieces of a branch to form a hook, using it to pull a grub out of a log, for instance. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Can Crows Make Mental Pictures of Tools?," 28 June 2018 Instead, patrons will have to follow three simple steps to redeem complimentary Chick-fil-A grub. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Chick-fil-A Is Giving Away Free Entrées — But There's a Fun Catch," 19 June 2018 But in defense of all Indianapolis residents, some of our local grub is too good to think about portion control. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "‘Fittest in America’ list ranked 100 cities this time — Indianapolis is still not good," 15 May 2018 Sports bar opening Arooga’s Grille House and Sports Bar is on track for a May opening and ready to bring its all-natural grub to Winter Park. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney-inspired bracelet company uses Instagram to spread message," 20 Apr. 2018 The large space features indoor and outdoor seating, a sunny spot to feast on the grub sourced from within a 10-mile radius. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 The beer list, which includes an excellent selection of sour, tart and funky beers, is righteous, but don’t overlook the elevated pub grub that’s coming out of the bar’s tiny kitchen. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018 As for the grubs, parasitic nematodes (Heterorhabditis spp. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Defend Your Garden Against Japanese Beetles," 26 Jan. 2018

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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

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

: 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 \
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 \

Medical Definition of grub 

: a soft thick wormlike larva of an insect

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