adjective \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ\

: very difficult : requiring great effort

Full Definition of GRUELING

:  trying or taxing to the point of exhaustion :  punishing <a grueling race>
gru·el·ing·ly \-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Variants of GRUELING

gru·el·ing or gru·el·ling \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ\

Examples of GRUELING

  1. <running a marathon is grueling>
  2. <cutting diamonds can be grueling work>

Origin of GRUELING

from present participle of obsolete gruel to exhaust, punish, from gruel, noun
First Known Use: 1852


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