- a feeling of ill will or resentment: to hold a grudge against a former opponent.
- done, arranged, etc., in order to settle a grudge: The middleweight fight was said to be a grudge match.
- to give or permit with reluctance; submit to unwillingly: The other team grudged us every point we scored.
- to resent the good fortune of (another); begrudge.
- Obsolete. to feel dissatisfaction or ill will.
Origin of grudge
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Examples from the Web for grudge
We Micks only hold a grudge about such things for 300 years or so.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster
P. J. O’Rourke
September 13, 2014
Of course, this theory makes sense as the answer to a question like, “Why is Solange holding a grudge against Jay Z?”Solange Is Blue Ivy’s Mom and Other Crazy Conspiracy Theories
May 15, 2014
But I meant it less as you holding a grudge and more as… Of course I had to register the protest.Steve Coogan Makes His Bid For Some Serious, Dramatic Roles
November 29, 2013
Consider what The Ring, The Grudge, Dark Water, Pulse, and a slew of other horror remakes have to add.What Asian Film Remakes Like ‘Oldboy’ Get Wrong
November 26, 2013
Some nurse an unreconstructed Confederate grudge, while others harbor a thinly disguised racism.How the Tea Party’s Apocalyptic Politics Are Destroying the Republican Party
November 11, 2013
And in that day we must not grudge children their share of it.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
It was you who had the grudge, you snake-souled rogue, and it was you who gave the false witness.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The young man I speak of does not want friends, who will not grudge the money.Night and Morning, Complete
I bore her no grudge—who could bear soft-eyed, laughing, yet tragic Biddy a grudge?It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Girls, don't ever grudge the time you spend in learning to cook nicely.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
- a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury
- (modifier) planned or carried out in order to settle a grudgea grudge fight
- (tr) to give or allow unwillingly
- to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions, etc)
Word Origin and History for grudge
mid-15c., "to murmur, complain," variant of grutch. Meaning "to begrudge" is c.1500. Related: Grudged; grudges; grudging; grudgingly. The noun is mid-15c., from the verb.