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

Examples from the Web for begrudgingly

Contemporary Examples of begrudgingly

Historical Examples of begrudgingly

  • "Mrs. Melker had it good from the day she came," she said begrudgingly.

  • Mrs. Melker had it good from the day she came, she said, begrudgingly.

    Hungry Hearts

    Anzia Yezierska

  • On nearing the door, Mr. Field halted and begrudgingly said, "See you later, Quirk."

    The Outlet

    Andy Adams

  • He does so, under protest and begrudgingly, it is true, but he does it.

    Cobb's Anatomy

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • But what St. Angé had vouchsafed in the way of restored health, she had begrudgingly bestowed.

    Joyce of the North Woods

    Harriet T. Comstock

British Dictionary definitions for begrudgingly


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 begrudgingly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper