Definition of grub verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

grub

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɡrʌb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrʌb//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grub
BrE BrE//ɡrʌb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrʌb//
 
he / she / it grubs
BrE BrE//ɡrʌbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrʌbz//
 
past simple grubbed
BrE BrE//ɡrʌbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrʌbd//
 
past participle grubbed
BrE BrE//ɡrʌbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrʌbd//
 
-ing form grubbing
BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌbɪŋ//
 
 
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(grubbing, grubbed) [intransitive] grub (around/about) (for something) to look for something, especially by digging or by looking through or under other things birds grubbing for worms Word Origin Middle English: perhaps related to Dutch grobbelen, also to the noun grave1. Phrasal Verbsgrub out something
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