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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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  • But now her words—flurried, breathless, begrudging as always—stirred him.

    Erik Dorn

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

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland
  • So Sam Bobbins has got his fortune and nobody's begrudging it to him.

    Green Valley

    Katharine Reynolds
  • He went slowly back to the restaurant, begrudging Bobby to the luckier caretaker.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • 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
  • He banked away from them, flying as judiciously as possible, begrudging each foot dropped.

    Frigid Fracas Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • This comes of your begrudging me my Snack of the Spoil, Sir.

  • 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
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
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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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