gru·​el·​ing | \ ˈgrü-ə-liŋ How to pronounce grueling (audio) \
variants: or gruelling

Definition of grueling

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

Other Words from grueling

gruelingly \ ˈgrü-​ə-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce grueling (audio) \ adverb

Examples of grueling in a Sentence

running a marathon is grueling cutting diamonds can be grueling work
Recent Examples on the Web And after coach Bobby Kersee pushed her toward the more grueling 400 she was beaten out in the 2016 Rio Olympics final when Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas made a desperate dive at the finish line. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2022 Admittance into medical school is one of the most grueling processes for any young adult to go through. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 25 July 2022 And, in the end, Vingegaard, who grew up in a small fishing town in northern Denmark, won what was arguably one of the most grueling Tours in history. New York Times, 24 July 2022 The video wall made one of the Thrones‘ most grueling acting tasks far more enjoyable: riding the mechanical dragon rig. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2022 Another top contender is Stephanie Case, a 40-year-old Canadian runner who lives in Chamonix, France, and regularly trains in massive mountains and races in some of the most grueling ultras. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 15 July 2022 Caleb McLaughlin) storyline stands out as one of the most grueling. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 6 July 2022 As for his physical transformation into Vecna, Bower says the most grueling part of the eight-hour process wasn't simply sitting there while teams of people worked around him. Glenn Garner,, 4 July 2022 The Tour de France is underway and will continue through the month as teams of the best cyclists in the world head to France and Denmark for one of the most grueling and heralded events in cycling. oregonlive, 2 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grueling

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grueling

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

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“Grueling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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variants: or gruelling \ ˈgrü-​ə-​liŋ \

Kids Definition of grueling

: calling for great effort a grueling job

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