Definitions for: Grub


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
digging.

2. To drudge; to do menial work. --Richardson.


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.
--Hare.

2. To supply with food. [Slang] --Dickens.


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.
--Gap.

Synonyms: bum, cadge, chow, chuck, eats, mooch, sponge

See Also: fare, freeload, larva, leatherjacket, look for, maggot, obtain, search, seek

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