"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[bih-gruhj] /bɪˈgrʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), begrudged, begrudging.
to envy or resent the pleasure or good fortune of (someone):
She begrudged her friend the award.
to be reluctant to give, grant, or allow:
She did not begrudge the money spent on her children's education.
Origin of begrudge
1350-1400; Middle English bigrucchen. See be-, grudge
Related forms
begrudgingly, adverb
unbegrudged, adjective
Can be confused
begrudge, regret, resent (see synonym study at regret)
1. See envy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for begrudgingly
  • So you don't need to begrudgingly list yourself online as friends with someone you're not crazy about.
  • And that work is no drudgery, no duty to begrudgingly carry out.
  • He begrudgingly acknowledged that he had more of a reputation as a checking forward.
  • Staff members are helpful, but somewhat begrudgingly so.
  • Instead, the community has begrudgingly accepted the stinging predator in its shallow waters.
  • As cultural mores have changed, so has the prom--begrudgingly.
  • Only then did they compile and they did so begrudgingly because they actually had to work.
British Dictionary definitions for begrudgingly


verb (transitive)
to give, admit, or allow unwillingly or with a bad grace
to envy (someone) the possession of (something)
Derived Forms
begrudgingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for begrudgingly



mid-14c., from be- + Middle English grucchen "to murmur" (see grudge). Related: Begrudged; begrudging; begrudgingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for begrudge

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for begrudgingly

Scrabble Words With Friends