1. a beggar [grub v.1 (3)].
|Songs Comic and Satyrical 202: A Grubber in Kennels for old Iron seeks.‘The Portrait’ in|
|Vagabondiana 44: These grubbers now and then find rings that have been drawn off with the gloves.|
|Maryville Times (TN) 29 June 1/5: In our cities there are a great many cigarette-grubbers [...] boys and girls who scour the streets in search of half-burnt cigars and stumps.|
|Life In Sing Sing 249: Grubber. A beggar.|
|Appleton Post-Crescent (WI) 4 May 9/4: Flapper Dictionary grubber – One who is always borrowing cigarets.|
|Keys to Crookdom 407: Grubber. Mendicant.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 87/1: Grubber. One who grubs [i.e. scrounges, begs].et al.|
2. (UK tramp) an itinerant mender of old hats.
|Paul Pry 5 Mar. 4/2: W—m D—s, the running grubber to the sheriffs of Surrey and Middlesex, to attend a little more to his duties.|
|Yorks. Eve. Post 15 Apr. 1/7: The [...] variety of occupations adopted by tramps is enormous [...] The ‘grubber’ [...] renovates old hats.|
3. work, presumably legitimate.
|Chelmsford Chron. 21 Feb. 7/4: The hawkers [...] did a little bit of ‘grubber’ (work) and roamed about doing a bit of ‘gagging’ (begging) .|
4. a vagrants’ casual night shelter or workhouse.
|Derbys. Advertiser 2 Dec. 25/4: Derby casual or vagrant ward is known to the tramp as a [...] ‘derrick,’ or a ‘grubber’.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 174: Class war in the grubber, Mac; can you beat it!|
|Half a Million Tramps 137: I [...] asked a policeman the way to the spike. ‘You mean the “Grubber,‘ don’t you?’ he answered.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 509/1: since late 19C.|
5. (US) a disgusting person.
|Hand-made Fables 179: He could not be expected to know a Grubber of the Middle Class.|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: grubber . . . lowest ranks in the army.|
|AS L:1/2 60: grubern Person considered to be disgusting.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
6. (US) a working man [note also grub along under grub v.2 ].
|World to Win 161: Alan said that prosaic grubbers knew nothing of the divine madness of poets and dreamers.|
7. see nail groper under nail n.1