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grub

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verb \ˈgrəb\

Definition of grub

grubbed

grubbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to clear by digging up roots and stumps

  3. 2 :  to dig up by or as if by the roots

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 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>

  6. 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

Origin and Etymology of grub

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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grub

noun

Definition of grub

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

  2. 2 a :  one who does menial work :  drudge b :  a slovenly person

  3. 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>

Origin and Etymology of grub

Middle English grubbe, from grubben


First Known Use: 15th century

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GRUB Defined for English Language Learners

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grub

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verb \ˈgrəb\

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


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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

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verb \ˈgrəb\

Definition of grub for Students

grubbed

grubbing

  1. 1 :  to find by digging <grub for roots>

  2. 2 :  to work hard


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grub

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noun

Definition of grub for Students

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

  2. 2 :  food 1


Medical Dictionary

grub

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noun \ˈgrəb\

Medical Definition of grub

  1. :  a soft thick wormlike larva of an insect


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