American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The world of impoverished writers and literary hacks.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The tribe of needy or sordid authors collectively.
- Shabby; paltry; mean: said of a kind of writing and writers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a street in London (now called
Milton Street), described by Dr. Johnson as “much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems, whence any mean production is called grubstreet.” As an adjective, suitable to, or resembling the production of, Grub Street.
- n. the world of literary hacks
- After Grub Street in London, England now named Milton Street, a haunt of and home to impoverished writers. (Wiktionary)
- After Grub Street, London, former name of Milton Street, where such writers lived. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The principal habitat of authors, in his age, was Grub Street ” a region which, in later years, has ceased to be ashamed of itself, and has adopted the more pretentious name Bohemia.”
“London, too, like Edinburgh, was full of writing men, standing in the market-places of Grub Street with no man to hire.”
“The Grub Street Journal was another journal with fuller critical notices, which first appeared in 1730; and these two seem to have been superseded by the Gentleman's Magazine, started by Cave in the next year.”
“She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing at Grub Street and works as a cytotechnologist.”
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