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

Related Words for begrudged

envy, stint, pinch, covet, grudge, resent

Examples from the Web for begrudged

Contemporary Examples of begrudged

Historical Examples of begrudged

  • Bitterly Sally begrudged the concession that she had been wrong.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Their time in Wyoming was so limited that they begrudged an hour of enforced idleness.

    Two Boys in Wyoming

    Edward S. Ellis

  • Look at the years those men spent—and no one begrudged them.

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne

  • I know I begrudged him his further adventure into the wilds beyond Tachienlu.

    A Wayfarer in China

    Elizabeth Kendall

  • “I should have begrudged the rascals our anchor and cable,” said Peter.

    Old Jack

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for begrudged


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 begrudged



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper