be·​grudg·​ing bi-ˈgrə-jiŋ How to pronounce begrudging (audio)
: said, done, or given reluctantly : grudging
begrudging acceptance/admiration/respect
begrudgingly adverb
… there have been indications during the past few years that the psychoanalytic community is, however begrudgingly, taking his ideas seriously. Susan Quinn

Examples of begrudging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Villanelle has very begrudging respect for this woman. Dan Snierson,, 13 Apr. 2020 Philadelphia needs its rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz, to post 300 passing yards for a third consecutive week, because there is no running the ball against the Ravens, who have the most begrudging ground defense in the league. David White, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of begrudging was in 1846

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“Begrudging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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