October 26, 2013
grub (noun)
\GRUB\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a soft thick wormlike larva of an insect (as a beetle)2 a : drudge b : an untidy or dirty person
How do you use it?
The bird uses its stout, pointed bill to snap up insects and dig grubs from soil.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "grub" has another meaning we haven't told you about yet. Which of the following do you think it is?

There's nothing appetizing to most humans about the grubs birds eat, but another meaning of the word "grub" is "food." "Grub" has been used to refer to food since the 1600s—-for more than 400 years—-but it referred to larvae for about 200 years before that. In the 200 years between when the oldest and newest meanings of the noun "grub" developed, the word developed two other meanings as well: "drudge" (which refers to a person who does dull or hard work), and "an untidy or dirty person."
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