- 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
1400–50; late Middle English grudgen, gruggen, variant of gruchen < Old French gro(u)c(h)ier < Germanic; compare Middle High German grogezen to complain, cry out
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1. bitterness, rancor, malevolence, enmity, hatred. Grudge, malice, spite refer to ill will held against another or others. A grudge is a feeling of resentment harbored because of some real or fancied wrong: to hold a grudge because of jealousy; She has a grudge against him. Malice is the state of mind that delights in doing harm, or seeing harm done, to others, whether expressing itself in an attempt seriously to injure or merely in sardonic humor: malice in watching someone's embarrassment; to tell lies about someone out of malice. Spite is petty, and often sudden, resentment that manifests itself usually in trifling retaliations: to reveal a secret out of spite. 4. envy.
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Examples from the Web for grudged
Not that I grudged him the money, but it wasn't doing him any good.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
His hat floated off and he grudged the slight effort to retrieve it.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Nor humble her ways, nor grudged she gifts to the Geatish men, of precious treasure.Beowulf
He had grudged the hours wasted on sleep and food when he might have been working for Barbara.The Education of Eric Lane
They had a perilous fascination for him, but he grudged them to Naomi.The Scapegoat
- 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)
C15: from Old French grouchier to grumble, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn to grunt
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Word Origin and History for grudged
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with grudged
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