grueling

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adjective gru·el·ing \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ\
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gruelling

Definition of grueling

  1. :  trying or taxing to the point of exhaustion :  punishing a grueling race

gruelingly

play \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of grueling in a Sentence

  1. running a marathon is grueling

  2. cutting diamonds can be grueling work

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Origin and Etymology of grueling

from present participle of obsolete gruel to exhaust, punish, from gruel, noun


GRUELING Defined for English Language Learners

grueling

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adjective

Definition of grueling for English Language Learners

  • : very difficult : requiring great effort


GRUELING Defined for Kids

grueling

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adjective gru·el·ing \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ\
variants: or

gruelling

\ˈgrü-ə-liŋ\

Definition of grueling for Students

  1. :  calling for great effort a grueling job



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