How to say 'grub' in German?
Is there a direct translation for the colloquial word 'grub' in German? I looked it up on WordReference and it says 'Fraß', but when I asked a German pen-friend she said they would use that word in a different context.
If you mean "grub" as in "Let's get some grub" we'd simply use "Essen" (food) or "was zu essen" (something to eat).
I am seeing some usage for das Futter in this context (figuratively from animal fodder).
Futter in Duden here
: dieses Futter (salopp; Essen) passt dir wohl nicht?
"Pub grub" = Kneipenfutter
Depends on exactly what you mean by grub in English. Your two options are Fraß and Futter. The former is deregotary, the latter is a much nicer expression, just cute slang for food. But there simply is no perfect translation because language reflects culture and good pub grub is an English concept/attitude.
I meant grub in a positive light. So Fraß would be inappropriate in this context.
If you mean the noun "grub" then I'd use "Fraß" (if you want to emphasise that the food is kind of unsavoury) or "Essen".
The tricky bit being that "grub" as the old slang word for food doesn't have to be unsavoury - it could be tasty grub, or lovely grub. It's the sort of thing pirates (oh and I think older Australians) say :-)
That's why I said "Fraß" if you want to emphasise "unsavoury", otherwise "Essen".
My German language partner said that 'Fraß' was a negative word, whereas 'grub' (as far as I know) is generally positive, so I wanted to find the German equivalent. Which appears to simply be 'Essen'!
grub - translation for bad food?
You can say:
What kind of grub is that?
- Was ist das den für ein Fraß?
- Was ist das den für ein Futter?
- Was ist das den für ein Fressen?
- Was ist das den für eine undefinierbare Pampe?
What does grub mean?