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Definition of "grub" []

  • To dig up by or as if by the roots: grubbed carrots with a stick. (verb-transitive)
  • To clear of roots and stumps by digging: grubbed a small plot. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To obtain by importunity: grub a cigarette. (verb-transitive)
  • To dig in the earth: grub for potatoes. (verb-intransitive)
  • To search laboriously by or as if by digging; rummage. (verb-intransitive)
  • To search for and pull up (roots, stumps, etc) by digging in the ground (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To dig up the surface of (ground, soil, etc), esp to clear away roots, stumps, etc (verb)
  • To search carefully (verb)
  • To work unceasingly, esp at a dull task or research (verb)
  • To provide (a person) with food or (of a person) to take food (verb)
  • To scrounge (verb)
  • The short legless larva of certain insects, esp beetles (noun)
  • Food; victuals (noun)
  • A person who works hard, esp in a dull plodding way (noun)
  • A dirty child (noun)

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Use "grub" in a sentence
  • "I use the term grub in its broadest and most comprehensive sense."
  • "Any my wife can't stop complaining about what I call my grub scrubs: an admittedly ill-fitting pair of shorts that are held together with a safety pin - three actually clipped together - a pair of purple, grass-stained Chuck Taylors and a wife-beater that no longer completely covers my mid-section."
  • "Variety in the grub is a welcome to the men as nuggets."