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[ groo-suh m ]
/ ˈgru səm /


causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly: the site of a gruesome murder.
full of or causing problems; distressing: a gruesome day at the office.

Origin of gruesome

1560–70; obsolete grue to shudder (cognate with German grauen, Dutch gruwen) + -some1

Related forms

grue·some·ly, adverbgrue·some·ness, nounun·grue·some, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gruesome


/ (ˈɡruːsəm) /


inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly

Derived Forms

gruesomely, adverbgruesomeness, noun

Word Origin for gruesome

C16: originally Northern English and Scottish; see grue, -some 1
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