grub definition, meaning - what is grub in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “grub”

See all translations

grub

noun uk   us   /ɡrʌb/

grub noun (INSECT)

[C] an insect in the stage when it has just come out of its egg: A grub looks like a short, fat worm.

grub noun (FOOD)

[U] informal food: They do really good grub in our local.

grub

verb uk   us   /ɡrʌb/ (-bb-)

grub verb (SEARCH)

[I usually + adv/prep] to search for something by digging or turning over earth: The dog was grubbing around/about in the mud for a bone.

grub verb (TAKE)

[T usually + adv/prep] US slang to ask someone for something without intending to pay for it: Could I grub a cigarette off you?
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of grub from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of grub?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “grub” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More