Origin of gruesome
Examples from the Web for grewsome
Here the writing ceased abruptly, and the letter ended with its grewsome secret still untold.Her Dark Inheritance|Mrs. E. Burke Collins
Thus it was that no detail of grewsome horror was lacking to make the shocking tale of the destruction of St. Pierre complete.Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror|Richard Linthicum
The play was horrible and grewsome enough, but as produced by him, it gave a strong man nightmare for days afterwards.Face to Face with Kaiserism|James W. Gerard
The ship sprung a leak; and the grewsome sound of the pumps mingled with the roar of the waves, and the shrieking of the winds.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
The coast seemed clear, and they darted out and deposited their grewsome burden on the grass.The Campaign of the Jungle|Edward Stratemeyer
Word Origin for gruesome
1560s, with -some (1) + Middle English gruen "feel horror, shudder" (c.1300); not recorded in Old English or Norse, possibly from Middle Dutch gruwen or Middle Low German gruwen "shudder with fear" (cf. German grausam "cruel"), or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish grusom "cruel," grue "to dread," though others hold that these are Low German loan-words). One of the many Scottish words popularized in England by Scott's novels.