grudg·​ing | \ ˈgrə-jiŋ How to pronounce grudging (audio) \

Definition of grudging

1 : unwilling, reluctant a grudging supporter of the reform movement a grudging admirer
2 : done, given, or allowed unwillingly, reluctantly, or sparingly grudging compliance

Other Words from grudging

grudgingly adverb

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In the 15th century, 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 "complain" sense of grudge by the late 13th century, and a century later they had added the extended sense "to give reluctantly." That second sense may have developed because people associated grudge with the related word begrudge (meaning "to give reluctantly," as in "I begrudged him a second chance.") Grudging, which developed from grudge, made its English debut in the 1530s.

Examples of grudging in a Sentence

Her theories have begun to win grudging acceptance in the scientific community. He has earned the grudging admiration of his rivals.
Recent Examples on the Web Both of those outlays were made within months of Trump’s grudging departure from the White House. David Owen, The New Yorker, 15 June 2022 Beijing won’t achieve its goal of 5.5% growth in gross domestic product this year, and that target already represented a grudging concession to economic gravity when it was announced. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 2 June 2022 Thirty-seven hundred dollars was more like a grudging acceptance that the men worked at all. Michael Scott Moore, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 The can’t-stand-the-other-guy vote, the grudging hold-your nose-vote, is one way that democracies are supposed to work. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2022 Using their respective daughters as pawns, Mrs. Russell secured not only Astor's grudging assent to attend her lavish ball, but got her to arm-twist those within her social circle to join in as well. Brian Lowry, CNN, 21 Mar. 2022 Among the film’s most piercing scenes are a couple of doozies set in the local watering hole, where Leslie gravitates to slake her thirst and to escape the judgment of her grudging hosts. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2022 Everyone who speaks of him does so with either enthusiastic or grudging respect for his work. Annabella Farmer, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 Black people jammed into the federal courthouse to watch the two brilliant and confident Black attorneys commanding answers and grudging respect from White officials. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grudging

circa 1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grudging

from present participle of grudge entry 1

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“Grudging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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