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verb (used with object), be·grudged, be·grudg·ing.
  1. to envy or resent the pleasure or good fortune of (someone): She begrudged her friend the award.
  2. 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

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1. See envy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for begrudged

envy, stint, pinch, covet, grudge, resent

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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)
  1. to give, admit, or allow unwillingly or with a bad grace
  2. 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