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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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  • "Mrs. Melker had it good from the day she came," she said begrudgingly.

  • Mrs. Melker had it good from the day she came, she said, begrudgingly.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • On nearing the door, Mr. Field halted and begrudgingly said, "See you later, Quirk."

    The Outlet Andy Adams
  • He does so, under protest and begrudgingly, it is true, but he does it.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • But what St. Angé had vouchsafed in the way of restored health, she had begrudgingly bestowed.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
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
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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
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