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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 begrudging

envy, stint, pinch, covet, grudge, resent

Examples from the Web for begrudging

Contemporary Examples of begrudging

Historical Examples of begrudging

  • But now her words—flurried, breathless, begrudging as always—stirred him.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • But surely that isn't a reason for begrudging it a word of praise?

    My Friend Prospero

    Henry Harland

  • So Sam Bobbins has got his fortune and nobody's begrudging it to him.

    Green Valley

    Katharine Reynolds

  • He went slowly back to the restaurant, begrudging Bobby to the luckier caretaker.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • How heartless, begrudging her poor dead mother the poor comfort of a Christian burial, because she wanted the money for herself!

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

British Dictionary definitions for begrudging


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 begrudging



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper