grueling

[groo-uh-ling, groo-ling]
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adjective

exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: the grueling Boston marathon.

noun

any trying or exhausting procedure or experience.

Nearby words

  1. grudging,
  2. grudgingly,
  3. grudziadz,
  4. grue,
  5. gruel,
  6. gruelling,
  7. gruenberg,
  8. gruenberg, louis,
  9. gruesome,
  10. gruesomely

Also especially British, gru·el·ling.

Origin of grueling

1850–55; slang gruel punishment (noun), punish (v.) + -ing2, -ing1

Related formsgru·el·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for gruelling

gruelling

US grueling

adjective

severe or tiringa gruelling interview

noun

informal a severe experience, esp punishment

Word Origin for gruelling

C19: from now obsolete vb gruel to exhaust, punish

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Word Origin and History for gruelling

gruelling

adj.

also grueling, "exhausting, punishing," 1891, from late 18c. slang get one's gruel "receive one's punishment," from gruel.

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