verb (used with object), grubbed, grub·bing.
verb (used without object), grubbed, grub·bing.
- growth-onset diabetes,
- grozing iron,
- grub beam,
- grub hoe,
- grub saw,
- grub screw,
- grub street
Origin of grub
Examples from the Web for grub
Nothing humbles an autocrat quite like the need to grub for votes.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work|Megan McArdle|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Then he rushed off to have a further talk with Matava, and, as he said, see about getting the Indian “some grub.”The Devil-Tree of El Dorado|Frank Aubrey
He wished that he could stop and lay in a supply of grub, but dared not risk it.Connie Morgan in Alaska|James B. Hendryx
Such were compelled to take Walkers line, go on foot and carry blankets and grub on their backs.Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains|A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
verb grubs, grubbing or grubbed
Word Origin for grub
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."