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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their diet is beneficial because grubs can create dead grass in yards and become a pest. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Glenview continues to help residents pay for trapping, removing skunks causing damage near homes," 16 Oct. 2019 Beetles emerge from the soil after changing from their immature stage of being grub worms. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "If you want more figs, don’t prune your trees," 2 Aug. 2019 That the early cold snap of 2019 was just too much for the grubs growing underground? Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: A super hardy variety in a pear tree," 27 July 2019 The grubs feed on decomposing wood or organic matter. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Don’t worry about this giant beetle and coping with blossom end rot in tomatoes," 1 Aug. 2019 Soon the aroma of pizza and other pub grub will be joining the smell of hops and barley at Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. on Bloomfield’s Tobey Road. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Bloomfield’s two breweries are expanding to add food, a tap room and private event spaces," 7 Sep. 2019 Thousands of tennis fans get their grub on at stands featuring some of the best food from restaurants chefs including Jose Andres, David Chang and more. Washington Post, "JJ Johnson connects the world with rice with new restaurant," 6 Sep. 2019 But as far as stunts go, The Bell—with its haughty air of exclusivity, its hulking leap from stoner grub to Palm Springs resort, and its so-blatant-it’s-ironic approach to marketing—is the stuntiest. Mitchell Kuga, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Stay at the Taco Bell Hotel in Palm Springs," 21 Aug. 2019 Scar then proceeds to desolate the kingdom, with the help of hyenas, while Simba, in exile, grows up to become a pleasure-hunting, grub-eating sluggard. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Does “The Lion King” Need C.G.I.?," 19 July 2019

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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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Last Updated

12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Grub.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grubbed. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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