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verb (used without object), grued, gru·ing. Chiefly Scot.
  1. to shudder.
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Origin of grue

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for grue

Historical Examples

  • Still, that general staff tag for Mr. Grue tickled us a bit.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • Grue or grew; to turn from with disgust:—'He grued at the physic.'

  • I wadna ca' them that on the tap of Ben-Nevis without a grue.

  • Suddenly there was a flash; a flurrying cloud of blue mud; and Grue was gone.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • But which it was—the loss of her or the loss of Grue, I had not yet made up my mind.


    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for grue


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

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