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[groo] /gru/
verb (used without object), grued, gruing. Chiefly Scot.
to shudder.
Origin of grue
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Still, that general staff tag for Mr. grue tickled us a bit.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • grue or grew; to turn from with disgust:—'He grued at the physic.'

  • I wadna ca' them that on the tap of Ben-Nevis without a grue.

  • Suddenly there was a flash; a flurrying cloud of blue mud; and grue was gone.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • But which it was—the loss of her or the loss of grue, I had not yet made up my mind.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • The man, grue, had not stirred from his survey of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • Nor was grue lying asleep anywhere on the other side of the coral ridge.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • I sat on that suggestion, but offered to take my own tiller and lend him grue.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • Now the grue was an immense crane—used in some repairs of the Pont Neuf—which still held its place at the approach to the bridge.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Then she came upon something that gave her a grue, it seemed at first like a white rock, it was a skull.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for grue


a shiver or shudder; a creeping of the flesh
verb (intransitive)
to shiver or shudder
to feel strong aversion
Word Origin
C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Swedish grua, Old Danish grue; related to German graven, Dutch gruwen to abhor
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