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 On their most grueling tour, the Beatles circumnavigate the globe in a week. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1391: ‘Covid’-free zone!," 2 July 2020 Faced with those grueling facts, this week's layoffs suggest many British companies chose the most unpopular of options: lay off staff in acknowledgement that the furlough plan was only delaying the inevitable. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The U.K. has an ambitious plan to prevent mass layoffs. What’s with the latest firing spree then?," 2 July 2020 After the grueling psychological effects of months under lockdown, a few hours watching a favorite team could do wonders. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "So much for the West's warnings -- China's going to do what China's going to do," 30 June 2020 Endurance athlete Corey Cappelloni once ran six days through the Sahara Desert in what’s considered the most grueling foot race on Earth. USA TODAY, "Marathon man, Veep visit, mask mandates: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2020 But the recommendation came after a grueling four-hour discussion with Aldrete that left two Common Council members — Khalif Rainey and Chantia Lewis — wanting more time to gather information. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Committee recommends reappointing Aldrete as director of Fire and Police Commission," 25 June 2020 The training, called BUD/S, is among the most grueling — and has the highest attrition rate — in the U.S. military. George Woolston, USA TODAY, "Dad’s lasting legacy: 3 generations of Willingboro family leave impact on Rutgers student veterans," 20 June 2020 Tethering the West Baldy and East Baldy trails that make grueling ascents to a saddle near the 11,403-foot summit of Mount Baldy at the edge of the Fort Apache Reservation, the Mount Baldy Crossover Trail is much more than a means to an end. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Flower-filled Mount Baldy Crossover Trail is a gorgeous summer hike. Here's how to do it," 11 June 2020 That set off an often-ugly, grueling, months-long bidding war before Takeaway declared victory in early January -- but only after its rival had helped push up the price. Natalia Drozdiak,, "Deal-Hungry Dutch Billionaire Defeats Uber to Enter U.S.," 11 June 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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grueling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 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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