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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Its hour-and-22-minute run time required a grueling 55 days on set in wet, cold County Down, Northern Ireland. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "6 Insane Details From the Building of the "Battle of Winterfell" Set," 2 May 2019 China’s rapid technology-sector development was built on workers who were willing to endure a grueling schedule in return for high pay and a shot at becoming the next startup billionaire. Yoko Kubota And Shan Li, WSJ, "Backlash Brews in China’s Startup Culture Against Grueling Hours," 30 Apr. 2019 For 40 minutes, the TV chef most of us know for dreaming up tasty shortcuts in the kitchen takes viewers on a brave and grueling journey from diagnosis through surgery and a painful recovery. Christine Kopaczewski, Good Housekeeping, "Sandra Lee Gives Us a Deeper Look at Her Breast Cancer Battle in a New HBO Documentary," 8 Oct. 2018 Experts are vetted through a fairly grueling process, with credentials, education, and background verified. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "8 Easy Ways to Make Money Online," 12 June 2018 Outside Damascus, Daraya was left an empty ruin after all its population was removed in a deal last year that ended a destructive and grueling siege by Assad’s military. Washington Post, "Syria starts rebuilding even as more destruction wreaked," 26 Feb. 2018 The operation, based 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle, sounds like particularly grueling place to train. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "It Looks Like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Won't Be Spending Valentine's Day Together," 28 Jan. 2019 TPC River Highlands plays host to an awesome field this week despite falling the week after the most grueling golf tournament in the world. Daniel Rapaport,, "Travelers Championship Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 20 June 2018 In a Facebook post chronicling his adventures, Plain said Denali was the most grueling and frightening climb so far. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Aussie conquers Denali, then heads to Everest in effort to set Seven Summits speed record," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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