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[gruhj-ing] /ˈgrʌdʒ ɪŋ/
displaying or reflecting reluctance or unwillingness:
grudging acceptance of the victory of an opponent.
Origin of grudging
1375-1425; late Middle English. See grudge, -ing2
Related forms
grudgingly, adverb


[gruhj] /grʌdʒ/
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
Related forms
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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  • Whipping out his sabre with a rapid gesture, and merely muttering a discourteous and grudging: "Be on your guard!"

    The Son of Clemenceau Alexandre (fils) Dumas
  • "He's a loyal kid, at that," Burke commented, with a grudging admiration.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The white man, a complete unbeliever, gives his evidence in grudging fashion, but cannot get past the facts.

  • Also there was a grudging note of admiration in his voice when he next spoke.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I am full of wrong and miserable feelings, which it is useless to detail, so grudging and sullen, when I should be thankful.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
British Dictionary definitions for grudging


a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury
(modifier) planned or carried out in order to settle a grudge: a grudge fight
(transitive) to give or allow unwillingly
to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions, etc)
Derived Forms
grudgeless, adjective
grudger, noun
grudging, adjective
grudgingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French grouchier to grumble, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn to grunt
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Word Origin and History for grudging



mid-15c., "to murmur, complain," variant of grutch. Meaning "to begrudge" is c.1500. Related: Grudged; grudges; grudging; grudgingly. The noun is mid-15c., from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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