verb (used with object), grubbed, grub·bing.
verb (used without object), grubbed, grub·bing.
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Origin of grub
historical usage of grub
The Germanic words all derive from the Germanic root grab- “to dig, bury, scratch,” source of the English noun grave “excavation in the earth for burial of a body” and the verb grave “to carve or sculpt.”
The “food, victuals” slang meaning of grub dates from the mid-17th century. The slang meaning “to beg or scrounge” dates from the late 19th century.
OTHER WORDS FROM grubgrubber, noun
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Example sentences 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