displaying or reflecting reluctance or unwillingness: grudging acceptance of the victory of an opponent.

1375–1425; late Middle English. See grudge, -ing2

grudgingly, adverb Unabridged


a feeling of ill will or resentment: to hold a grudge against a former opponent.
done, arranged, etc., in order to settle a grudge: The middleweight fight was said to be a grudge match.
verb (used with object), grudged, grudging.
to give or permit with reluctance; submit to unwillingly: The other team grudged us every point we scored.
to resent the good fortune of (another); begrudge.
verb (used without object), grudged, grudging.
Obsolete. to feel dissatisfaction or ill will.

1400–50; late Middle English grudgen, gruggen, variant of gruchen < Old French gro(u)c(h)ier < Germanic; compare Middle High German grogezen to complain, cry out

grudgeless, adjective
grudger, noun
ungrudged, adjective

1. bitterness, rancor, malevolence, enmity, hatred. Grudge, malice, spite refer to ill will held against another or others. A grudge is a feeling of resentment harbored because of some real or fancied wrong: to hold a grudge because of jealousy; She has a grudge against him. Malice is the state of mind that delights in doing harm, or seeing harm done, to others, whether expressing itself in an attempt seriously to injure or merely in sardonic humor: malice in watching someone's embarrassment; to tell lies about someone out of malice. Spite is petty, and often sudden, resentment that manifests itself usually in trifling retaliations: to reveal a secret out of spite. 4. envy. Unabridged
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grudge (ɡrʌdʒ)
1.  a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury
2.  (modifier) planned or carried out in order to settle a grudge: a grudge fight
3.  (tr) to give or allow unwillingly
4.  to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions, etc)
[C15: from Old French grouchier to grumble, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn to grunt]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., grucchen, from O.Fr. groucher "to murmur, to grumble," of unknown origin, probably ultimately imitative. Related: Grudging; grudgingly. The noun is late 15c., from the verb.
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Example sentences
Boss finally measures with his own and grudging concedes you re right.
Yet this revulsion was often followed by critical appraisal, and then grudging
  and partial acceptance.
When she had none, she never once gave down the milk without grudging it.
The best we're likely to get is grudging indifference, except from the more
  fervent supporters.
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