- 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
Examples from the Web for grewsome
This grewsome horseplay in Europe's front yard would start it.Erik Dorn
Every fourth or fifth residence yielded its toll to the grewsome lure.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
In his throat was an odd, half-suppressed cry, grewsome to hear.The Lock And Key Library
Gory and grewsome,—he is the mainstay Of the historic novel of to-day.A Phenomenal Fauna
Cardinal Lorraine is said to have gone by this grewsome, subterranean passage.In Chteau Land
Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
- an archaic or US spelling of gruesome
- inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
Word Origin and History for grewsome
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.