grudging

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adjective grudg·ing \ˈgrə-jiŋ\

Definition of grudging

  1. 1 :  unwilling, reluctant a grudging supporter of the reform movement a grudging admirer

  2. 2 :  done, given, or allowed unwillingly, reluctantly, or sparingly grudging compliance

grudgingly

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Examples of grudging in a Sentence

  1. Her theories have begun to win grudging acceptance in the scientific community.

  2. He has earned the grudging admiration of his rivals.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of grudging

see 1grudge


GRUDGING Defined for English Language Learners

grudging

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Definition of grudging for English Language Learners

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



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