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

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grudgingly adverb

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More than five hundred years have passed since 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 "complaining" sense of "grudge" by the late 1400s, and by 1500 they had added the extended sense "reluctant." That second sense may have developed because people associated "grudge" with the related word begrudge (meaning "to give reluctantly"). "Grudging," which developed from "grudge," made its English debut around 1533.

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 Critics began giving her grudging respect, then actual praise. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Lana Del Rey’s 10-Year War With the Culture," 25 Mar. 2021 Yet there is one anthropologist who has grudging respect for the film. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "Paleo Con," 24 Mar. 2021 Lam, who has been sanctioned by the United States for her role in facilitating Beijing’s priorities, portrayed herself as giving a grudging deference to the mainland regime. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Hong Kong chief accepts ‘socialist system with Chinese characteristics’ as Beijing takes control," 11 Mar. 2021 There are awkward, grudging encounters, embarrassments, but also moments of lightness and pleasure. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "How Real Is Nomadland?," 5 Mar. 2021 His push generated the grudging appreciation of the Biden White House amid growing recognition that Trump supporters are among the most reluctant to be vaccinated. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump inoculation message highlights struggle to reach Republican vaccine skeptics," 2 Mar. 2021 Most people have tended to regard the app privacy practices of big tech giants like Google and Facebook, for the longest time, with a kind of grudging acceptance that doesn’t generally lead to any kind of big change in user behavior. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Google doesn’t want you to update these settings on your Apple device," 26 Feb. 2021 We’ve all grown irritated over radical uniform changes (longtime 49ers fans hear this), finally moving on with grudging acceptance. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "How A's went from 'they're done' to 'they've done it again' in a few weeks," 19 Feb. 2021 The two also have a grudging but mutual respect for each other and have learned how to keep their fights fair. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "The political divide is threatening relationships among family, friends and co-workers," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of grudging

circa 1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grudging

see grudge entry 1

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The first known use of grudging was circa 1531

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1 Apr 2021

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“Grudging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grudging

: said, done, or given in an unwilling or doubtful way

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