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grudging

adjective

Simple Definition of grudging

  • : said, done, or given in an unwilling or doubtful way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grudging

  1. 1 :  unwilling, reluctant

  2. 2 :  done, given, or allowed unwillingly, reluctantly, or sparingly <grudging compliance>

grudgingly

play adverb

Examples of grudging in a sentence

  1. Her theories have begun to win grudging acceptance in the scientific community.

  2. He has earned the grudging admiration of his rivals.



Did You Know?

More than five hundred years have passed since English jurist Sir John Fortescue observed, "Somme . . . obtayne gretter rewardis than thei have disserved, and yit grugge, seying they have [too] litill." Fortescue's "grugge" (an early spelling of the verb grudge) meant "to grumble and complain," just like its Middle English forerunner, "grucchen," and the Anglo-French word grucer, which gave rise to the English forms. English speakers had adopted the "complaining" sense of "grudge" by the late 1400s, and by 1500 they had added the extended sense "reluctant." That second sense may have developed because people associated "grudge" with the related word begrudge (meaning "to give reluctantly"). "Grudging," which developed from "grudge," made its English debut around 1533.

Circa 1533

First Known Use of grudging

circa 1533

Rhymes with grudging



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