verb (used with object), grubbed, grub·bing.
verb (used without object), grubbed, grub·bing.
Origin of grub
Related Words for grubsmaggot, worm, eats, caterpillar, entozoon, centipede, feed, provisions, victuals, sustenance, chow, nosh, nurture, viands, rations, edibles, shovel, forage, probe, ransack
Examples from the Web for grubs
Historical Examples of grubs
No; he does not sprinkle the vines with holy water to keep the grubs away.The Book of Khalid
This mushroom is especially free from grubs and it can be dried for winter use.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
These bolls will not drop, but the grubs ruin the cotton they contain.The Fabric of Civilization
The grubs rarely exceed three-quarters of an inch in length.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
Why wasn't she out scampering and running all the time, and hunting for grubs?A Young Mutineer
Mrs. L. T. Meade
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."