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
Recent Examples on the Web Every possession is physically and mentally grueling. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "December opener unlikely, Raptors-Celtics can’t stand each other, ‘Balkan Boys’ backstory, GM’s rethinking travel: NBA playoffs news and notes," 11 Sep. 2020 Every possession is physically and mentally grueling. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Celtics, Raptors can't stand each other at this point. And sharing the same hotel, there's no escape.," 10 Sep. 2020 Houston is nearly done with a grueling three-city road trip featuring 11 games over 10 days. Janie Mccauley, Houston Chronicle, "Ramon Laureano strikes back, lifts A's past Astros," 9 Sep. 2020 This required grueling training regimens for the entire cast, which are depicted in microcosm in the film's training sequences. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Niki Caro and the cast of Mulan break down making Disney's first full-blown martial arts movie," 4 Sep. 2020 The Twins righthander delivered another grueling performance Wednesday, the talent and determination evident, but the results only partly satisfying, because of perhaps the shortest home run possible in Progressive Field. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Sloppy eighth inning costs Twins in 6-3 loss to Cleveland," 27 Aug. 2020 The transplant was a grueling, complex, surgical procedure -- one that ultimately proved unsuccessful. Ganesh Setty, CNN, "She is the first American to get a new face -- twice," 10 Aug. 2020 The long distance of the Belmont, particularly coming at the end of a typically grueling stretch of three Triple Crown races in five weeks, is what traditionally separates the very good from the great. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tiz the Law shows greatness, but if colt wins Triple Crown, should there be an asterisk?," 2 Sep. 2020 And skinny shaming is different than being the target of a lengthy and grueling war on obesity. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "Please Don’t Bring Up ‘Skinny Shaming’ When We Talk About Fat Shaming," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

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“Grueling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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