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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.

February 5, 2019

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

If you mean "grub" as in "Let's get some grub" we'd simply use "Essen" (food) or "was zu essen" (something to eat).

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lau-roar

Thanks. :)

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yves--

I am seeing some usage for das Futter in this context (figuratively from animal fodder).

Context:

https://context.reverso.net/translation/english-german/grub#Futter

Futter in Duden here

: dieses Futter (salopp; Essen) passt dir wohl nicht?

"Pub grub" = Kneipenfutter

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdamStew.

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.

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yves--

Of course, "pub grub" in the UK!

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lau-roar

I meant grub in a positive light. So Fraß would be inappropriate in this context.

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/biertopf

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".

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yves--

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 :-)

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/biertopf

That's why I said "Fraß" if you want to emphasise "unsavoury", otherwise "Essen".

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lau-roar

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'!

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

'Wurm', if you want a non-technical term for a beetle larva.

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Itschi187

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?
February 5, 2019

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    What does grub mean?

    February 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lau-roar

    It's a slang term we use in the UK for food. :)

    February 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN

    In the USA also.

    February 7, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fcm0000

    It Could Be Roden But Im Not Sure.

    February 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/biertopf

    ... if you want to translate the verb "to grub".

    February 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN

    Just don't say this is Fraß to a dinner host.

    February 7, 2019
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