b) KEY VERB: grubbed
, grubs VERB: tr.
- To dig up by or as if by the roots: grubbed carrots with a stick.
- To clear of roots and stumps by digging: grubbed a small plot.
- Slang To obtain by importunity: grub a cigarette.
- To dig in the earth: grub for potatoes.
- To search laboriously by or as if by digging; rummage.
- To toil arduously; drudge: grub for a living.
- The thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects.
- A drudge.
- Slang Food.
Middle English grubben
, from Old English *grybban
; see ghrebh-2
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:grubber(Noun)