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
Example sentences from the Web for grub
The ichneumon pierces the body of a caterpillar and lays her eggs where the grubs will find abundant animal food.
But at the same time the grubs are quite helpless, and cannot possibly go to look for food for themselves.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
The heat and steam will go through the carpet, thus destroying the grubs.Fowler's Household Helps|A. L. Fowler
Never was there such a season, flowers springing, birds singing, grubs eating the wheat—as if it was the end of May.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 6|John Gibson Lockhart
He found crickets, worms, and grubs under the dead pine logs, and with this fine variety of bait he approached the brook.The U.P. Trail|Zane Grey