verb (used with object), grubbed, grub·bing.
verb (used without object), grubbed, grub·bing.
Origin of grub
Related Words for grubmaggot, worm, eats, caterpillar, entozoon, centipede, feed, provisions, victuals, sustenance, chow, nosh, nurture, viands, rations, edibles, shovel, forage, probe, ransack
Examples from the Web for grub
Contemporary Examples of 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
April 23, 2013
Historical Examples of grub
It was really only a paraphrase of the old story of the grub and the butterfly.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Them grub all gone, them Injuns mebbyso ketchum hungry belly.
Yo' all time eatum my grub, yo' no givum me money, no givum hoss, no givum notting.
Let's go back, eat the grub, and then continue the hunt for Ned.Frank Roscoe's Secret
I had some hardtack and tea in my “grub bag,” and these I left with her.The Long Labrador Trail
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."