[ bih-gruhj ]
/ bɪˈgrʌdʒ /

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.


Nearby words

  1. begonia,
  2. begorra,
  3. begot,
  4. begotten,
  5. begrime,
  6. begrudgery,
  7. begrudgingly,
  8. beguile,
  9. beguiling,
  10. beguin

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for begrudging


/ (bɪˈɡrʌdʒ) /

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.

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