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[gruhj] /grʌdʒ/
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.
verb (used with object), grudged, grudging.
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.
verb (used without object), grudged, grudging.
Obsolete. to feel dissatisfaction or ill will.
Origin of grudge
late Middle English
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
Related forms
grudgeless, adjective
grudger, noun
ungrudged, adjective
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for grudged
Historical Examples
  • 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 Anonymous
  • He had grudged the hours wasted on sleep and food when he might have been working for Barbara.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • They had a perilous fascination for him, but he grudged them to Naomi.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • "I should have grudged every moment if you had gone sooner," he answered.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • She grudged every moment of the hours which I spent in my study.

  • Not that he grudged it the cheese crumbs, but his nerves were on edge, and it had frightened him.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • My wife had borne the brunt of all, and I had grudged her a few tears!

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • If he could cater for a month, no expense should be grudged; as for the future, he thrust it from his mind.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for grudged


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 grudge: a grudge fight
(transitive) to give or allow unwillingly
to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions, etc)
Derived Forms
grudgeless, adjective
grudger, noun
grudging, adjective
grudgingly, adverb
Word Origin
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
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