grewsome

[ groo-suh m ]
/ ˈgru səm /
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adjective


Nearby words

  1. gretzky, wayne,
  2. greuze,
  3. greville,
  4. grevillea,
  5. grew,
  6. grewsomely,
  7. grex,
  8. grexit,
  9. grey,
  10. grey area

Related formsgrew·some·ly, adverbgrew·some·ness, noun

gruesome

or grew·some

[ groo-suh m ]
/ ˈgru səm /

adjective

causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly: the site of a gruesome murder.
full of or causing problems; distressing: a gruesome day at the office.

Origin of gruesome

1560–70; obsolete grue to shudder (cognate with German grauen, Dutch gruwen) + -some1

Related formsgrue·some·ly, adverbgrue·some·ness, nounun·grue·some, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for grewsome

grewsome

/ (ˈɡruːsəm) /

adjective

an archaic or US spelling of gruesome

gruesome

/ (ˈɡruːsəm) /

adjective

inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
Derived Formsgruesomely, adverbgruesomeness, noun

Word Origin for gruesome

C16: originally Northern English and Scottish; see grue, -some 1

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Word Origin and History for grewsome

gruesome

adj.

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.

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