- IPA: /ɡɹʌb/
- (countable) An immature stage in the life cycle of an insect; a larva.
- Synonyms: larva
- (uncountable, slang) Food.
- Synonyms: Thesaurus:food
- (obsolete) A short, thick man; a dwarf.
, The survey of Cornwall.
- John Romane, a short clownish grub, would bear the whole carcase of an ox, yet never tugged with him.
- (Australia, slang) A dirty person.
- (Australia, slang) A despicable person; a lowlife.
- French: larve
- German: Larve, Wurm
- Italian: larva, bruco
- Portuguese: larva
- Russian: личи́нка
- Spanish: larva, verme
grub (grubs, present participle grubbing; past and past participle grubbed)
- To scavenge or in some way scrounge, typically for food.
- (ambitransitive) To dig; to dig up by the roots; to root out by digging; often followed by up.
- to grub up trees, rushes, or sedge
- They do not attempt to grub up the root of sin.
- 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
- Yet there was no time to be lost if I was ever to get out alive, and so I groped with my hands against the side of the grave until I made out the bottom edge of the slab, and then fell to grubbing beneath it with my fingers.
- (slang, dated, transitive) To supply with food.
- (slang, dated) To eat.