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[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
First recorded in 1350-1400, begrudge is from the Middle English word 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
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  • His whole attitude was one of hurry; he rested in haste, as if begrudging the moments which were lost from travel.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • But now her words—flurried, breathless, begrudging as always—stirred him.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • This comes of your begrudging me my Snack of the Spoil, Sir.

  • But surely that isn't a reason for begrudging it a word of praise?

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland
  • He went slowly back to the restaurant, begrudging Bobby to the luckier caretaker.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • So Sam Bobbins has got his fortune and nobody's begrudging it to him.

    Green Valley Katharine Reynolds
  • How heartless, begrudging her poor dead mother the poor comfort of a Christian burial, because she wanted the money for herself!

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • The people of the whole world are begrudging us our living, and we make it out of them for all that.

    Where There is Nothing William Butler Yeats
British Dictionary definitions for begrudging


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
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Word Origin and History for begrudging



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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