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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But now, learning to walk again is a slow, grueling process. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "AFM still a "bit of a mystery" amid peak season for polio-like illness," 10 July 2019 The ball kids, about 250 of them separated into 42 teams of six at this year’s tournament, go through a grueling process for selection — first at their schools and later by the club. Washington Post, "Wimbledon’s ballgirls and ballboys get their own kind of tennis workout," 6 July 2019 Social contact is important for your mental health year-round, and summer can be a particularly grueling time to deal with loneliness or isolation. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Gets Depressed in the Summer," 21 June 2019 After six years serving in the Gurkhas, Nims passed through the even more grueling, six-month testing process for the SBS, an elite unit in the British Special Forces. National Geographic, "Meet Nepal's new 'action hero' climber," 24 May 2019 Without a doubt, this is the most grueling time on the IndyCar calendar as the rush of the season doesn’t relent until after next week's race at Texas Motor Speedway. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Power's surge, Hinchcliffe's return, clarity on Alonso as IndyCar heads to Detroit," 31 May 2018 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

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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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