Origin of grue

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for grue


  1. a shiver or shudder; a creeping of the flesh
verb (intr)
  1. to shiver or shudder
  2. to feel strong aversion

Word Origin for grue

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Swedish grua, Old Danish grue; related to German graven, Dutch gruwen to abhor
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