[ gruhb-steyk ]
/ ˈgrʌbˌsteɪk /


provisions, gear, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries.
money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise.

verb (used with object), grub·staked, grub·stak·ing.

to furnish with a grubstake: I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.

Nearby words

  1. grub street,
  2. grubber,
  3. grubby,
  4. grubelsucht,
  5. gruber,
  6. grubstreet,
  7. grubworm,
  8. grudge,
  9. grudging,
  10. grudgingly

Origin of grubstake

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; grub + stake2

Related formsgrub·stak·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grubstake


/ (ˈɡrʌbˌsteɪk) /


US and Canadian informal supplies provided for a prospector on the condition that the donor has a stake in any finds

verb (tr)

US informal to furnish with such supplies
mainly US and Canadian to supply (a person) with a stake in a gambling game
Derived Formsgrubstaker, noun

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Word Origin and History for grubstake



"material, provisions, etc. supplied to an enterprise (originally a prospector) in return for a share in the profits," by 1876, American English, from grub + stake (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper