Dig vs Grub - What's the difference?

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In context|slang|lang=en terms the difference between dig and grub

is that dig is (slang) to appreciate, or like while grub is (slang) to supply with food.

As verbs the difference between dig and grub

is that dig is (intransitive) to move hard-packed earth out of the way, especially downward to make a hole with a shovel or to drill, or the like, through rocks, roads, or the like more generally, to make any similar hole by moving material out of the way or dig can be (slang) to understand or show interest in while grub is to scavenge or in some way scrounge, typically for food.

As nouns the difference between dig and grub

is that dig is an archeological investigation while grub is (countable) an immature stage in the life cycle of an insect; a larva.



(wikipedia dig)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) , from (etyl) (m), itself a borrowing of the same Germanic root (from (etyl) (m)). More at ditch, dike.


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  • (label) To get by digging; to take from the ground; often with up .
  • (label) To take ore from its bed, in distinction from making excavations in search of ore.
  • To work like a digger; to study ploddingly and laboriously.
  • (label) To investigate, to research, often followed by out'' or ''up .
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  • To thrust; to poke.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • You should have seen children dig and push their mothers under the sides, saying thus to them: Look, mother, how great a lubber doth yet wear pearls.
    Derived terms
    * dig in * dig into * dig over * dig out * dig up


    (en noun)
  • An archeological investigation.
  • (US, colloquial, dated) A plodding and laborious student.
  • A thrust; a poke.
  • He guffawed and gave me a dig in the ribs after telling his latest joke.
  • Synonyms
    * (archaeological investigation) excavation

    Etymology 2

    From (African American Vernacular English); due to lack of writing of slave speech, etymology is .Random House Unabridged, 2001 Others do not propose a distinct etymology, instead considering this a semantic shift of the existing English term (compare dig in/dig into'').eg: OED, "dig", from ME vt ''diggen


  • (slang) To understand or show interest in.
  • You dig ?
  • (slang) To appreciate, or like.
  • Baby, I dig you.




    (wikipedia grub)


  • (countable) An immature stage in the life cycle of an insect; a larva.
  • (uncountable, slang) Food.
  • (obsolete) A short, thick man; a dwarf.
  • (Carew)
    * (immature insect): larva * : nosh, tucker
    Derived terms
    * grubby * witchetty grub


  • To scavenge or in some way scrounge, typically for food.
  • To dig; to dig up by the roots; to root out by digging; often followed by up .
  • to grub up trees, rushes, or sedge
  • * Hare
  • They do not attempt to grub up the root of sin.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • Yet there was no time to be lost if I was ever to get out alive, and so I groped with my hands against the side of the grave until I made out the bottom edge of the slab, and then fell to grubbing beneath it with my fingers. But the earth, which the day before had looked light and loamy to the eye, was stiff and hard enough when one came to tackle it with naked hands, and in an hour's time I had done little more than further weary myself and bruise my fingers.
  • (slang) To supply with food.
  • (Charles Dickens)


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