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Meaning of GRUB

Pronunciation:  grub

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a soft thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects
  2. [n]  informal terms for a meal
  3. [v]  search about busily
  4. [v]  ask for and get free; be a parasite

GRUB is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: bum, cadge, chow, chuck, eats, mooch, sponge
 See Also: fare, freeload, larva, leatherjacket, look for, maggot, obtain, search, seek



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Grub\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Grubbed}, p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Grubbing}.] [OE. grubbin., cf. E. grab, grope.]
    1. To dig in or under the ground, generally for an object
       that is difficult to reach or extricate; to be occupied in
    2. To drudge; to do menial work. --Richardson.
  2. \Grub\, v. t.
    1. To dig; to dig up by the roots; to root out by digging; --
       followed by up; as, to grub up trees, rushes, or sedge.
             They do not attempt to grub up the root of sin.
    2. To supply with food. [Slang] --Dickens.
  3. \Grub\, n.
    1. (Zo["o]l.) The larva of an insect, especially of a beetle;
       -- called also grubworm. See Illust. of {Goldsmith
       beetle}, under {Goldsmith}.
             Yet your butterfly was a grub.        --Shak.
    2. A short, thick man; a dwarf. [Obs.] --Carew.
    3. Victuals; food. [Slang] --Halliwell.
    {Grub ax} or {axe}, a kind of mattock used in grubbing up
       roots, etc.
    {Grub breaker}. Same as {Grub hook} (below).
    {Grub hoe}, a heavy hoe for grubbing.
    {Grub hook}, a plowlike implement for uprooting stumps,
       breaking roots, etc.
    {Grub saw}, a handsaw used for sawing marble.
    {Grub Street}, a street in London (now called {Milton
       Street}), described by Dr. Johnson as ``much inhabited by
       writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary
       poems, whence any mean production is called grubstreet.''
       As an adjective, suitable to, or resembling the production
       of, Grub Street.
             I 'd sooner ballads write, and grubstreet lays.
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