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grueling

adjective gru·el·ing \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ\

Simple Definition of grueling

  • : very difficult : requiring great effort

Full Definition of grueling

  1. :  trying or taxing to the point of exhaustion :  punishing <a grueling race>

gru·el·ing·ly play \-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of grueling

  1. <running a marathon is grueling>

  2. <cutting diamonds can be grueling work>



Variants of grueling

or gru·el·ling play \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ\

Origin of grueling

from present participle of obsolete gruel to exhaust, punish, from gruel, noun


First Known Use: 1852



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