[ gruhb ]
/ grʌb /


verb (used with object), grubbed, grub·bing.

verb (used without object), grubbed, grub·bing.

Nearby words

  1. growth-onset diabetes,
  2. groyne,
  3. grozing iron,
  4. grozny,
  5. gru,
  6. grub beam,
  7. grub hoe,
  8. grub saw,
  9. grub screw,
  10. grub street

Origin of grub

1250–1300; Middle English grubbe (noun), grubben (v.); akin to Old High German grubilōn to dig, German grübeln to rack (the brain), Old Norse gryfia hole, pit; see grave1, groove

Related formsgrub·ber, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grub


/ (ɡrʌb) /

verb grubs, grubbing or grubbed


Word Origin for grub

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grubilōn to dig, German grübeln to rack one's brain, Middle Dutch grobben to scrape together; see grave ³, groove

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