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grub

Noun

1 informal terms for a meal [syn: chow, chuck, eats]
2 a soft thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects

Verb

1 ask for and get free; be a parasite [syn: mooch, bum, cadge, sponge]
2 search about busily [also: grubbing, grubbed]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /ɡɹʌb/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌb

Etymology

From hypothetical root grubbian, from West Germanic *grubbjan (cfr. Old High German grubilon "to dig, search," German grübeln "to meditate, ponder"), from Proto-Germanic *grub- "to dig". The noun sense of "larva" (c.1400) may derive from the notion of "digging insect" or from the possibly unrelated grub "dwarfish fellow." The slang sense of "food" is first recorded 1659, has been linked with birds eating grubs or with bub "drink."

Noun

  1. An immature stage in the life cycle of an insect; a larva.
  2. In the context of "uncountable|slang": Food.
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Translations

immature insect
  • Dutch: larve, larf
  • French: larve
  • German: Larve, Wurm
  • trreq Hebrew
  • Italian: bruco
slang: food
  • Dutch: vreten italbrac Netherlands, voer
  • French: bouffe
  • Romanian||I don’t believe this: larva
  • Russian: харчи
  • Swedish: käk

Verb

  1. To scavenge or in some way scrounge, typically for food.

Translations

scavenge or scrounge

Bosnian

Pronunciation

  • /ɡrup/

Adjective

grub

Croatian

Pronunciation

  • /ɡrup/

Adjective

grub

Serbian

Pronunciation

  • /ɡrup/

Adjective

grub

Cyrillic spelling

Extensive Definition

Grub can refer to:

Slang

  • a beetle larva, most commonly of the scarabaeoidea superfamily
  • a slang term for food; also as a verb to scavenge for food
  • a British word for a headless set screw

Places

  • Grub AR, Grub, canton of Appenzell, Switzerland
  • Grub am Forst, a town in the district of Coburg in Bavaria, Germany
  • Grub, Thuringia, a municipality in the district of Hildburghausen in Thuringia, Germany
Grubs eat the roots of grass

Computing

grub in German: Grub
grub in Esperanto: Grub
grub in French: Grub
grub in Italian: Grub
grub in Dutch: Grub
grub in Portuguese: Grub
grub in Volapük: Grub

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accumulate, amass, assemble, aurelia, beast of burden, beat, bore, bring together, burrow, caterpillar, chow, chrysalis, chuck, cocoon, collect, comb, cull, delve, dig, dig out, dig up, dike, dredge, drill, drive, drudge, eats, edibles, excavate, fag, feed, forage, furrow, galley slave, gather, gather in, get in, get together, glean, gouge, gouge out, greasy grind, grind, groove, grub up, grubber, grubbery, hack, hammer, hammer away, hireling, larva, lower, maggot, mercenary, mine, moil, muck, nurture, nymph, nympha, peg, peg away, pick, pick up, plod, plodder, pluck, plug, plug along, plug away, poke, pound away, provender, provisions, pupa, quarry, rake, rake up, ransack, root, round up, rummage, sap, scare up, scoop, scoop out, scrabble, scrape, scrape together, scrape up, scratch, search, shovel, sink, slave, slavey, slog, slogger, spade, swot, take up, toil, travail, trench, trough, tunnel, viands, victuals, wade through, wiggler, work away, workhorse, wriggler
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