verb (used with object), grubbed, grub·bing.
verb (used without object), grubbed, grub·bing.
- growth-onset diabetes,
- grozing iron,
- grub beam,
- grub hoe,
- grub saw,
- grub screw,
- grub street
Origin of grub
Examples from the Web for grubs
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
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."