verb (used with object), be·grudged, be·grudg·ing.

to envy or resent the pleasure or good fortune of (someone): She begrudged her friend the award.
to be reluctant to give, grant, or allow: She did not begrudge the money spent on her children's education.


Origin of begrudge

First recorded in 1350–1400, begrudge is from the Middle English word bigrucchen. See be-, grudge
Related formsbe·grudg·ing·ly, adverbun·be·grudged, adjective
Can be confusedbegrudge regret resent (see synonym study at regret)

Synonyms for begrudge

1. See envy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for begrudge

Contemporary Examples of begrudge

Historical Examples of begrudge

  • The sage reader must not begrudge me these innocent little rhapsodies.

    Mirror of the Months

    Peter George Patmore

  • It matters exactly so many hundred pounds; but no one will begrudge it if he does so many hundred pounds' worth of good.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family

    Anthony Trollope

  • Or is it that you begrudge me the few minutes' talk we have together?

  • "A satisfaction which I would not begrudge you, citizen," said Chauvelin dryly.

    El Dorado

    Baroness Orczy

  • I begrudge him, just a little, or just a good deal; but I will tell you a secret.

    The Smart Set

    Clyde Fitch

British Dictionary definitions for begrudge


verb (tr)

to give, admit, or allow unwillingly or with a bad grace
to envy (someone) the possession of (something)
Derived Formsbegrudgingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for begrudge

mid-14c., from be- + Middle English grucchen "to murmur" (see grudge). Related: Begrudged; begrudging; begrudgingly.

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