- causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly: the site of a gruesome murder.
- full of or causing problems; distressing: a gruesome day at the office.
Origin of gruesome
Examples from the Web for grewsome
This grewsome horseplay in Europe's front yard would start it.Erik Dorn</p>
Every fourth or fifth residence yielded its toll to the grewsome lure.A Son of the City</p>
Herman Gastrell Seely
In his throat was an odd, half-suppressed cry, grewsome to hear.The Lock And Key Library
Gory and grewsome,—he is the mainstay Of the historic novel of to-day.A Phenomenal Fauna
Cardinal Lorraine is said to have gone by this grewsome, subterranean passage.In Chteau Land</p>
Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
- an archaic or US spelling of gruesome
- inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
Word Origin and History for grewsome
1560s, with -some (1) + Middle English gruen "feel horror, shudder" (c.1300); not recorded in Old English or Norse, possibly from Middle Dutch gruwen or Middle Low German gruwen "shudder with fear" (cf. German grausam "cruel"), or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish grusom "cruel," grue "to dread," though others hold that these are Low German loan-words). One of the many Scottish words popularized in England by Scott's novels.