the thick-bodied, sluggish larva of several insects, as of a scarab beetle.
a dull, plodding person; drudge.
an unkempt person.
Slang. food; victuals.
any remaining roots or stumps after cutting vegetation to clear land for farming.
verb (used with object), grubbed, grubbing.
to dig; clear of roots, stumps, etc.
to dig up by the roots; uproot (often followed by up or out).
Slang. to supply with food; feed.
Slang. to scrounge:
to grub a cigarette.
verb (used without object), grubbed, grubbing.
to dig; search by or as if by digging:
We grubbed through piles of old junk to find the deed.
to lead a laborious or groveling life; drudge:
It’s wonderful to have money after having to grub for so many years.
to engage in laborious study.
Slang. to eat; take food.
verb grubs, grubbing, grubbed
when tr, often foll by up or out. to search for and pull up (roots, stumps, etc) by digging in the ground
to dig up the surface of (ground, soil, etc), esp to clear away roots, stumps, etc
(intransitive; often foll by in or among) to search carefully
(intransitive) to work unceasingly, esp at a dull task or research
(slang) to provide (a person) with food or (of a person) to take food
(transitive) (slang, mainly US) to scrounge: to grub a cigarette
the short legless larva of certain insects, esp beetles
(slang) food; victuals
a person who works hard, esp in a dull plodding way
(Brit, informal) a dirty child
c.1300, from hypothetical Old English *grubbian, from West Germanic *grubbjan (cf. Middle Dutch grobben, Old High German grubilon “to dig, search,” German grübeln “to meditate, ponder”), from Proto-Germanic *grub- “to dig,” base of Old English grafan (see grave (v.)).
“larva,” early 15c., perhaps from grub (v.) on the notion of “digging insect,” or from the possibly unrelated Middle English grub “dwarfish fellow” (c.1400). Meaning “dull drudge” is 1650s. The slang sense of “food” is first recorded 1650s, said to be from birds eating grubs, but also often linked with bub “drink.”
Older, worn-out clothes, esp worn for hanging out or doing dirty work: Wear grubbies for the archaeology dig
Food: goods one can exchange at the kitchen door for grub/ nonchalantly gobble up mounds of this grub (1659+)
: Come over and grub with us (Black)
[gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/ noun, plural grubbies. 1. a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England. /ˈɡrʌbɪ/ adjective -bier, -biest 1. dirty; slovenly 2. mean; beggarly 3. infested with grubs noun older, worn-out clothes, esp. worn for dirty activities; also written grubbers , grubs Examples Please wear grubbies when gardening. Usage […]
[gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/ adjective, grubbier, grubbiest. 1. dirty; slovenly: children with grubby faces and sad eyes. 2. infested with or affected by or larvae. 3. contemptible: grubby political tricks. /ˈɡrʌbɪ/ adjective -bier, -biest 1. dirty; slovenly 2. mean; beggarly 3. infested with grubs adj. “dirty,” by 1845, from grub (n.) in a sense of “dirty […]
[gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/ adjective, grubbier, grubbiest. 1. dirty; slovenly: children with grubby faces and sad eyes. 2. infested with or affected by or larvae. 3. contemptible: grubby political tricks. [gruhb-ee] /ˈgrʌb i/ noun, plural grubbies. 1. a small sculpin, Myxocephalus aenaeus, inhabiting waters off the coast of New England. /ˈɡrʌbɪ/ adjective -bier, -biest 1. dirty; […]
Gruber Gru·ber (grü’bər), Max von. 1853-1927. Austrian bacteriologist noted for his work in serum diagnosis, including the discovery (1896) of the specific agglutination of bacteria by the blood serum of immunized animals.