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grub

[gruhb] /grʌb/
noun
1.
the thick-bodied, sluggish larva of several insects, as of a scarab beetle.
2.
a dull, plodding person; drudge.
3.
an unkempt person.
4.
Slang. food; victuals.
5.
any remaining roots or stumps after cutting vegetation to clear land for farming.
verb (used with object), grubbed, grubbing.
6.
to dig; clear of roots, stumps, etc.
7.
to dig up by the roots; uproot (often followed by up or out).
8.
Slang. to supply with food; feed.
9.
Slang. to scrounge:
to grub a cigarette.
verb (used without object), grubbed, grubbing.
10.
to dig; search by or as if by digging:
We grubbed through piles of old junk to find the deed.
11.
to lead a laborious or groveling life; drudge:
It's wonderful to have money after having to grub for so many years.
12.
to engage in laborious study.
13.
Slang. to eat; take food.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English grubbe (noun), grubben (v.); akin to Old High German grubilōn to dig, German grübeln to rack (the brain), Old Norse gryfia hole, pit; see grave1, groove
Related forms
grubber, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grubber

grubber

/ˈɡrʌbə/
noun
1.
a person who grubs
2.
another name for grub hoe
3.
(rugby) a kick of the ball along the ground
4.
(cricket) a delivery which keeps very low upon bouncing

grub

/ɡrʌb/
verb grubs, grubbing, grubbed
1.
when tr, often foll by up or out. to search for and pull up (roots, stumps, etc) by digging in the ground
2.
to dig up the surface of (ground, soil, etc), esp to clear away roots, stumps, etc
3.
(intransitive; often foll by in or among) to search carefully
4.
(intransitive) to work unceasingly, esp at a dull task or research
5.
(slang) to provide (a person) with food or (of a person) to take food
6.
(transitive) (slang, mainly US) to scrounge to grub a cigarette
noun
7.
the short legless larva of certain insects, esp beetles
8.
(slang) food; victuals
9.
a person who works hard, esp in a dull plodding way
10.
(Brit, informal) a dirty child
Word Origin
C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grubilōn to dig, German grübeln to rack one's brain, Middle Dutch grobben to scrape together; see grave³, groove
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Word Origin and History for grubber
grub
c.1300, from hypothetical O.E. *grubbian, from W.Gmc. *grubbjan (cf. O.H.G. grubilon "to dig, search," Ger. grübeln "to meditate, ponder"), from P.Gmc. *grub- "to dig," base of O.E. grafan (see grave (v.)). The noun sense of "larva" (c.1400) is perhaps from the notion of "digging insect," or from the possibly unrelated M.E. grub "dwarfish fellow." The slang sense of "food" is first recorded 1659, said to be from birds eating grubs, but also often linked with bub "drink." Grubby is c.1845, from grub (n.) in a sense of "dirty child," who presumably got that way from digging in earth.
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Slang definitions & phrases for grubber

grub

noun

Food: goods one can exchange at the kitchen door for grub/ nonchalantly gobble up mounds of this grub (1659+)

verb

: Come over and grub with us (Black)


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