grubelsucht

n.

1876, from German Grübelsucht, psychiatric term for "a form of obsession in which even the simplest facts are compulsively queried," from grübeln "to brood" (see grub (v.)) + sucht "mania."


Nearby words

  1. grub saw,
  2. grub screw,
  3. grub street,
  4. grubber,
  5. grubby,
  6. gruber,
  7. grubstake,
  8. grubstreet,
  9. grubworm,
  10. grudge

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