grub

The noun grub can refer either to a soft, young insect or to hearty food. If your best friend invites you over for some grub, don't worry — she almost certainly means the food and not the bugs.

The grubs your dad picks off of his tomato plant are insects, while the grub you eat in the school cafeteria includes spaghetti and Sloppy Joes. The most interesting thing about this word is how it went from describing a squishy, arguably gross little beetle larva to an informal term for something delicious. Experts guess that it comes from birds gobbling grubs. This slang definition has been around since the 17th century.

Primary Meanings of grub

1.
nv
a soft thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects
ask for and get free; be a parasite
2.
v
search about busily
3.
n
informal terms for a meal
Full Definitions of grub
1

n a soft thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects

Types:
maggot
the larva of the housefly and blowfly commonly found in decaying organic matter
leatherjacket
tough-skinned larva of certain crane flies
Type of:
larva
the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose

v ask for and get free; be a parasite

Synonyms:
bum, cadge, mooch, sponge
Types:
freeload
live off somebody's generosity
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of
2

v search about busily

Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
3

n informal terms for a meal

Synonyms:
chow, chuck, eats
Type of:
fare
the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed

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