[ gruhj ]
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  1. a feeling of ill will or resentment: to hold a grudge against a former opponent.

  1. done, arranged, etc., in order to settle a grudge: The middleweight fight was said to be a grudge match.

verb (used with object),grudged, grudg·ing.
  1. to give or permit with reluctance; submit to unwillingly: The other team grudged us every point we scored.

  2. to resent the good fortune of (another); begrudge: A lot of people grudge those billionaires all that money.

verb (used without object),grudged, grudg·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to feel dissatisfaction or ill will.

Origin of grudge

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English grudgen, gruggen, variant of gruchen, from Old French gro(u)c(h)ier, from Germanic; compare Middle High German grogezen “to complain, cry out”

synonym study For grudge

1. Grudge, malice, spite refer to ill will held against another or others. A grudge is a feeling of resentment harbored because of some real or fancied wrong: to hold a grudge because of jealousy; She has a grudge against him. Malice is the state of mind that delights in doing harm, or seeing harm done, to others, whether expressing itself in an attempt seriously to injure or merely in sardonic humor: malice in watching someone's embarrassment; to tell lies about someone out of malice. Spite is petty, and often sudden, resentment that manifests itself usually in trifling retaliations: to reveal a secret out of spite.

Other words for grudge

Other words from grudge

  • grudgeless, adjective
  • grudger, noun
  • un·grudged, adjective

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How to use grudge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grudge


/ (ɡrʌdʒ) /

  1. a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury

  2. (modifier) planned or carried out in order to settle a grudge: a grudge fight

  1. (tr) to give or allow unwillingly

  2. to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions, etc)

Origin of grudge

C15: from Old French grouchier to grumble, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn to grunt

Derived forms of grudge

  • grudgeless, adjective
  • grudger, noun
  • grudging, adjective
  • grudgingly, adverb

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Other Idioms and Phrases with grudge


see bear a grudge; nurse a grudge.

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