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
When it comes to more casual grub, you’re looking at a pretty standard concessions operation, with a few notable exceptions.
They gathered food in fruit trees above the pens, and the swine gulped down the guano and infected bits of grub that rained from above.The fight to stop the next pandemic starts in the jungles of Borneo|Brian Barth|December 2, 2020|Popular Science
Meg may have weighed as much as three times more, and would have presumably required proportional grub.Could an ancient megashark still lurk in the deep seas?|By Riley Black|October 15, 2020|Popular Science
From there, you’ll want to get a bit of grub, with a side of history.Explore Gullah Culture In Beaufort’s South Carolina’s Low Country|Charli Penn|September 30, 2020|Essence.com
It was more the job of Gollum, kneeling in the muck of the lowlands, head down, digging with bare hands alongside the grubs and earthworms.How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes)|Kenneth Catania|September 15, 2020|Popular Science
Real-estate expert Julian Hitchcock told Grub Street he expects to see more chain restaurants pop up in New York.
The man who started the L.A. food truck craze shares his favorite spots to grab some delicious grub on wheels.
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
Good grub, lots of monitors, and the waitresses are usually hot.Eastbound & Down’s Kenny Powers Lists His Favorite Things|Kenny Powers|February 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Summer is just over the surf, so start looking now for those hidden beach shacks where the best grub of the season is found.
It wasn't long before she surprised the object of her search in the act of eating a fat grub beside a pumpkin.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
What of the infinite goodness of God in teaching the grub of the ichneumon-fly to eat up the cabbage caterpillar alive?God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
For that matter, he said, he didn't care a tinker's dam if we were; he had grub and bedding and we were welcome to both.
While we were packing grub and bedding on Piegan's extra horse, Lyn joined us, wrapped from head to heel in a yellow slicker.
She said Noo York took a turrible lot of money–clothes, and grub, and so forth and so on.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates