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 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 However, the Clippers are coming off a grueling seven-game series, while the Jazz are well rested after disposing of the Grizzlies in five games. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2021 So after a grueling third-round victory, and with Wimbledon just weeks away, Federer decided some rest was in order. Howard Fendrich,, 6 June 2021 After a grueling spring of remote learning, Espitia began homeschooling her kids at the start of the 2020 school year. Pia Ceres, Wired, 3 June 2021 Meanwhile, thousands of emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci during the early days of the pandemic have been published by some news outlets, revealing a grueling schedule for one of the country's top virus experts. Aj Willingham, CNN, 2 June 2021 This past year my only sibling, Bobbi Jo, lived her final, grueling months in a nursing home. Dick Schwartz, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 Competition for talent with private-equity firms and Silicon Valley has forced banks to rethink their demands of young workers, although grueling hours — which recently drove junior bankers at Goldman Sachs to confront their managers — persist. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Van Gundy’s meticulous nature and grueling practice full of small details was a substantial change for most of the roster. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, 30 May 2021 In Year 3 of a grueling post-LeBron rebuild, the Cavs had one of the league’s youngest teams. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 28 May 2021

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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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The first known use of grueling was in 1852

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14 Jun 2021

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“Grueling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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