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grewsome

[groo-suh m] /ˈgru səm/
adjective
1.
Related forms
grewsomely, adverb
grewsomeness, noun

gruesome

or grewsome

[groo-suh m] /ˈgru səm/
adjective
1.
causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly:
the site of a gruesome murder.
2.
full of or causing problems; distressing:
a gruesome day at the office.
Origin of gruesome
1560-1570
1560-70; obsolete grue to shudder (cognate with German grauen, Dutch gruwen) + -some1
Related forms
gruesomely, adverb
gruesomeness, noun
ungruesome, adjective
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Examples from the Web for grewsome
Historical Examples
  • That grewsome superstition has led to bloodshed in more than one part of China.

  • Gory and grewsome,—he is the mainstay Of the historic novel of to-day.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • Van was on his knees, quick as a flash, feeling around the grewsome thing: pawing at the shreds of clothing that remained.

  • Cardinal Lorraine is said to have gone by this grewsome, subterranean passage.

    In Chteau Land Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • This is a muscid of grewsome habits, which has a wide distribution throughout Africa.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • This grewsome horseplay in Europe's front yard would start it.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • The black and yellow flags at the end of the company's pier lent colour to a grewsome story!

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
  • In his throat was an odd, half-suppressed cry, grewsome to hear.

  • This daylight materialization of the grewsome beast of the night was too much for me.

    The Heart's Kingdom Maria Thompson Daviess
  • But it was the cemetery that presented the most grewsome sight.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
British Dictionary definitions for grewsome

grewsome

/ˈɡruːsəm/
adjective
1.
an archaic or US spelling of gruesome

gruesome

/ˈɡruːsəm/
adjective
1.
inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
Derived Forms
gruesomely, adverb
gruesomeness, noun
Word Origin
C16: originally Northern English and Scottish; see grue, -some1
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Word Origin and History for grewsome

gruesome

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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