verb (used with object), grudged, grudg·ing.
verb (used without object), grudged, grudg·ing.
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Origin of grudge
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OTHER WORDS FROM grudgegrudgeless, adjectivegrudger, nounun·grudged, adjective
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What does grudge mean?
A grudge is a feeling of anger, bitterness, or resentment toward someone for something they did, especially a wrong that you think they committed against you.
The word grudge is typically used to refer to such a feeling when it has been held for a long period of time—often longer than is considered normal.
Grudges are usually directed toward people, but a person can hold a grudge against a group or an entity like a company or organization. The word grudge is often followed by the word against and whom or what the grudge is directed toward, as in Your father still holds a grudge against that pizzeria for getting his order wrong that one time.
A grudge match is a competition, such as a boxing match, between opponents who have (or are depicted as having) some specific, personal reason for being bitter rivals.
Less commonly, grudge can be used as a verb meaning to resent or envy someone else’s good fortune, as in Don’t grudge them for their success. The related verb begrudge can be used to mean the same thing. Grudge can also mean to give or allow with reluctance or unwillingness, as in My company has grudged me every raise I have requested. The verb begrudge doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing as this sense of grudge. Specifically, begrudge often means to be reluctant to give or allow—as opposed to meaning to give or allow reluctantly.
Example: She has held a grudge against me ever since I beat her in the spelling bee in fifth grade.
Where does grudge come from?
The first records of the word grudge come from the 1400s. It comes from the Old French grouchier, which means “to grumble” and is also the basis of the word grouch. Grudge is probably related to the Middle High German word grogezen, meaning “to complain, cry out.”
When a person holds a grudge, it’s often due to treatment or an action that’s considered unforgivable by the person holding the grudge. Usually this involves a personal slight (or perceived personal slight), but a person can hold a grudge against someone they don’t even know. A lot of grudges are held for petty reasons, including things that the supposed wrongdoer doesn’t even know that they did. The opposite of holding a grudge can be thought of as forgiving and forgetting (or letting it go).
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What are some other forms related to grudge?
- grudging (continuous tense verb, adjective)
- grudgingly (adverb)
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How is grudge used in real life?
Grudge is most commonly used as a noun. People hold grudges for all kinds of reasons.
If you still hold a grudge against someone for what they did to you a year prior, grow up. Let it go. Move on past it instead of holding onto it. Be the better person
— ChillCat Tyler (@TylerFurlong86) October 23, 2020
You think you hold a grudge? I still hold a grudge against the Dodgers for leaving Brooklyn and I wasn't even born then.
— Bernie Would Have Won (@KevinPDempsey) October 28, 2020
A picture of me with my grudge list pic.twitter.com/G3MHCqYvMm
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) October 22, 2020
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Is grudge used correctly in the following sentence?
Instead of grudging their win, you could try congratulating them and moving on.
Example sentences from the Web for grudge
It would be good for the girls to see, too, that you can respect their decision fully and still not carry their grudges into the adult friendships.Carolyn Hax: What if your daughter and her BFF were really just BFs?|Carolyn Hax|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
An eagerness to promote short-term grievances into long-term grudges is detrimental to family harmony.
Ah, the holiday spirit — and its many ways to bear a grudge.Miss Manners: Who calls whom? Who cares? Just pick up the phone.|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|December 26, 2020|Washington Post
His stories did what many big-city columnists’ stories have done over the decades, grinding axes and nursing grudges.A divisive Jets reporter, accused of bullying, loses his place on the beat|Ben Strauss|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
I’m not going to sit here and carry a grudge just because people expect me to carry it.Trent Williams says he won’t carry grudge into Sunday’s game against ex-Washington teammates|Les Carpenter|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
We Micks only hold a grudge about such things for 300 years or so.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster|P. J. O’Rourke|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One nabob even seems to have commandeered the challenge to reignite an old grudge.
Of course, this theory makes sense as the answer to a question like, “Why is Solange holding a grudge against Jay Z?”Solange Is Blue Ivy’s Mom and Other Crazy Conspiracy Theories|Kevin Fallon|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I meant it less as you holding a grudge and more as… Of course I had to register the protest.Steve Coogan Makes His Bid For Some Serious, Dramatic Roles|Andrew Romano|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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This would be an awful blow to us out here, would be a sign that Providence had some grudge against the Dardanelles.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
It was miserable economy indeed to grudge a reward of a few thousands to one who had made the State richer by millions.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
I grudge no trouble in the duty that Providence has forced upon me of superintending the lives of any of my girls.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3)|Charles James Wills
In any case, after the first hours of bitterness, Tchaikovsky bore no grudge against the faithless lady.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Now he had a new grudge against Louis de Valmont; to the sins of the master had been added those of the men.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for grudge
Derived forms of grudgegrudgeless, adjectivegrudger, noungrudging, adjectivegrudgingly, adverb
Word Origin for grudge
Idioms and Phrases with grudge
see bear a grudge; nurse a grudge.