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

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Other Words from grueling

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

Examples of grueling in a Sentence

running a marathon is grueling cutting diamonds can be grueling work

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The chancellor faces a grueling schedule in the coming days. NBC News, "Germany's Merkel seen shaking for second time this month," 27 June 2019 Even after 22 years in the paddock, and with a grueling schedule that would push anyone to the limit, Hernandez says life away from MotoGP is unthinkable. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "The power behind Marc Marquez's MotoGP throne," 11 June 2019 The players credited Goletz and Konrad for putting together a grueling schedule. Matt Le Cren, Naperville Sun, "Title defense: Naperville North stuns Barrington in PKs for state championship after going without a shot in regulation, OT," 4 June 2019 The 38 -member cast has a grueling schedule rehearsing Monday through Saturday for five-to-six hours nightly learning lines and intricate dance scenes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A Ghoulishly School Affair: Behind the scenes at La Costa Canyon High School’s production of The Addams Family," 11 Apr. 2019 Fortunately sand grouse fathers undertake a grueling commute that sees the frequent flyers travel almost 125 miles each day to fill up for the family at a watering hole. National Geographic, "This Father’s Day, meet 6 extreme animal dads," 14 June 2019 Gallego, a former councilwoman, was elected as the leader of the nation's fifth largest city in March following a grueling 18-month election cycle. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Watch LIVE: Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego's first State of the City address," 13 June 2019 There's no before or after, just one moment from a grueling, Odyssean quarter of basketball, from a game and a series that has been defined by moments forgettable, exceptional, and heartbreaking. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Glorious Scale of the NBA Finals' Game 5," 13 June 2019 While working on 2006’s Casino Royale, Craig smashed out his two front teeth during a particularly grueling fight scene, according to a report by the Sunday Mirror. Alexia Fernandez,, "Daniel Craig Walks with Crutches and a Boot Through Airport After Ankle Injury on James Bond Set," 10 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of grueling

: very difficult : requiring great effort


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

Kids Definition of grueling

: calling for great effort a grueling job

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