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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The owners, having earned their street cred serving up grub to the patrons of Chilkoot Charlie’s, have settled into the new digs and are now serving up what might be best described as bar food without the bar. Anchorage Daily News, "Miss the old Roadrunner on Arctic? Alleyway Grille just might be your jam.," 5 Feb. 2020 Every summer, three members of each household are issued permits to harvest cordyceps: a parasitic fungus that overtakes grub-like worms that live underground, its location betrayed by a telltale string of green at the surface. Chris Jones, WSJ, "A Rare Look at One of the World’s Most Isolated Mountain Treks," 4 Feb. 2020 Fishing: Winter perch fishing is best at the south or north corners of the beach, using either sand crabs for bait or a leader with plastic grubs (motor oil-colored), timed for the bottom of the low tide and the first two hours of the incoming tide. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday Getaway to ‘Taco Bell Beach’ in Pacifica," 26 Jan. 2020 Craft vendors will be on hand cooking up better grub than your summer camp chef. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Here's the Full 2020 Elements Music & Arts Festival Lineup: Exclusive," 22 Jan. 2020 The bar serves cocktails, draft beers and classic pub grub. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Fiesta Bowl 2019: Here are 4 metro Phoenix bars for Ohio State Buckeyes football fans," 20 Dec. 2019 Enjoy great cocktails in a historic building and bar — the longest in Texas — and a creative food menu with fresh takes on regional ingredients and elevated pub grub. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "The best San Antonio restaurants and bars to take your out-of-town guests over the holidays for a taste of puro San Antonio," 25 Nov. 2019 Where: Pilsen, 18th and Allport streets How much: $5 The skinny: Get the best grub on the go featuring Chicago faves like 5411 Empanadas, DonerMen and Happy Lobster. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this weekend: June 8-11," 10 June 2017 At the end of the finger is a hooked nail that snags the grub and drags it out. Wired, "The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All," 21 Oct. 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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“Grub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grub. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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