Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The world of impoverished writers and literary hacks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. the home or state of impoverished writers and literary hacks

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tribe of needy or sordid authors collectively.
  • Shabby; paltry; mean: said of a kind of writing and writers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the world of literary hacks

Etymologies

After Grub Street, London, former name of Milton Street, where such writers lived.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After Grub Street in London, England now named Milton Street, a haunt of and home to impoverished writers. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Samuel Johnson

  • London, too, like Edinburgh, was full of writing men, standing in the market-places of Grub Street with no man to hire.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • 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Journal was another journal with fuller critical notices, which first appeared in 1730; and these two seem to have been superseded by the Gentleman's Magazine, started by Cave in the next year.

    Samuel Johnson

  • She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing at Grub Street and works as a cytotechnologist.

    Dont You Forget About Me

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