1. ‘a person of slovenly attire and unpleasant manners’ (OED).
|Gargantua and Pantagruel I 6: So saith a Turlupin or a new start-up grub of my books, but a turd for him.Author’s Prologue (trans.)|
|Sauny the Scot IV i: ’Tis the Old Grub Woodall; What shall we do with him?|
|Maid of Bath Married A2: Reducing the Maid of Bath to the Dilemma of either chusing a Husband out of an old Hunks or Grub, a Debauchee [...] and a mechanical Prig.in|
|Kingsblood Royal (2001) 244: ‘How are you, Captain – Neil?’ the grub hesitated.|
|CUSS 131: Grub An obnoxious person.et al.|
|He who Shoots Last 24: This grub ratted on the kid; in my book he’s dead.|
|How Does Your Garden Grow Act III: sam: How do I look? mick: Shithouse. Yer a grub.|
|Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 53: You stupid foul-mouthed grub.|
|Class Act [ebook] ‘How dare you, you grub’.|
2. a dirty, unkempt person, esp. a child, also attrib.
|Roderick Random (1979) 171: Right (said the captain to this miserable grub, who had been an attorney’s boy) you shall have law enough.|
|Comic Annual 131: The Cook’s a hasher nothing more. The Children noisy grubs. A Wife’s a quiz and home’s a bore .|
|Wops the Waif 10/1: It’s lucky that little grub kept her eyes open.|
|Martian 390: There were the grubs of Grub Street [...] He did not like to meet them at any Club he belonged to – it was not likely. Clubs have a way of blackballing grubs – especially grubs that are out of the common grubby.|
|in Current Sl. (1967) I:4 4/2: Grub. n. An untidy person.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 239: He was one of the greatest grubs Les had ever seen. He wore filthy white jeans, an equally filthy Breaker Morant sweat-shirt [etc.].|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Grub. A general term of denigration.|
|Silver [ebook] ‘Another grub journo?’ McGrath spits.|
3. (Aus.) tuberculosis.
|,||Argot in DAUS (1993).|
4. (US teen) one who fails to achieve the popular social norms.
|Baltimore Sun (MD) Sun. Mag. 4 Dec. 9/1: [A]lthough she pounded some ground at most of the blasts with Bugsy, the kook always blew the pad with a grub.|
5. (US campus) a student kitchen worker.
|Current Sl. I:2 3/2: Grub, n. Student kitchen help.|