Pronunciation: (grub), [key]
— n., v., grubbed, grub•bing.
- the thick-bodied, sluggish larva of several insects, as of a scarab beetle.
- a dull, plodding person; drudge.
- an unkempt person.
- food; victuals.
- any remaining roots or stumps after cutting vegetation to clear land for farming.
- to dig; clear of roots, stumps, etc.
- to dig up by the roots; uproot (often fol. by up or out).
- to supply with food; feed.
- to scrounge: to grub a cigarette.
- to dig; search by or as if by digging: We grubbed through piles of old junk to find the deed.
- to lead a laborious or groveling life; drudge: It's wonderful to have money after having to grub for so many years.
- to engage in laborious study.
- to eat; take food.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.