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 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)

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 begrudging



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper