Simple Definition of gruesome
: causing horror or disgust
Full Definition of gruesome
: inspiring horror or repulsion : grisly
Examples of gruesome
The police report described the scene in gruesome detail.
<didn't stick around to hear the gruesome details of the car accident>
Variants of gruesome
Origin of gruesome
alteration of earlier growsome, from English dialect grow, grue to shiver, from Middle English gruen, probably from Middle Dutch grūwen; akin to Old High German ingrūēn to shiver
First Known Use: circa 1700
Synonym Discussion of gruesome
Rhymes with gruesome
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