- displaying or reflecting reluctance or unwillingness: grudging acceptance of the victory of an opponent.
Origin of grudging
- a feeling of ill will or resentment: to hold a grudge against a former opponent.
- done, arranged, etc., in order to settle a grudge: The middleweight fight was said to be a grudge match.
- to give or permit with reluctance; submit to unwillingly: The other team grudged us every point we scored.
- to resent the good fortune of (another); begrudge.
- Obsolete. to feel dissatisfaction or ill will.
Origin of grudge
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Examples from the Web for grudging
He even seemed on his way to prevailing as the uproar died down and outrage sputtered into grudging acceptance.Why the Ground Zero Mosque Is Worth Saving
April 11, 2014
The result was grudging bipartisan support from members of both parties.House Passes Omnibus Budget
January 15, 2014
Instead of great leaps forward, it tends to move haltingly in grudging increments.Find a China Reset Button
June 7, 2013
Thanks to the grudging support of voters like Rashed, Morsi won the presidency with 51.7 percent of the vote.Morsi Loses Support as Protests Rage in Cairo
December 7, 2012
Coddington, the reluctant celebrity, shares the facts of her life in her memoir but she is grudging with emotional revelations.Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington’s Memoir Offers Few Revelations
November 20, 2012
"He's a loyal kid, at that," Burke commented, with a grudging admiration.Within the Law
Also there was a grudging note of admiration in his voice when he next spoke.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
And if Nature had been grudging with him, his father was not more kind.The Manxman
I reared you to the best of my powers, grudging neither pains nor expense.The Gods are Athirst
Then you're no grudging us the loss of six lambs, Mr. Clark.The Story of Wool
Sara Ware Bassett
- a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury
- (modifier) planned or carried out in order to settle a grudgea grudge fight
- (tr) to give or allow unwillingly
- to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions, etc)
Word Origin and History for grudging
mid-15c., "to murmur, complain," variant of grutch. Meaning "to begrudge" is c.1500. Related: Grudged; grudges; grudging; grudgingly. The noun is mid-15c., from the verb.
Idioms and Phrases with grudging
see bear a grudge; nurse a grudge.