\ ˈgrəj How to pronounce grudge (audio) \
grudged; grudging

Definition of grudge

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transitive verb

: to be unwilling to give or admit : give or allow reluctantly or resentfully didn't grudge the time



Definition of grudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a feeling of deep-seated resentment or ill will held no grudge against those who mistreated him

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grudger noun

Synonyms for grudge

Synonyms: Noun

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malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer. felt no malice toward their former enemies malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct. a look of dark malevolence ill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration. ill will provoked by a careless remark spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments. petty insults inspired by spite malignity implies deep passion and relentlessness. a life consumed by motiveless malignity spleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice. venting his spleen against politicians grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction. never one to harbor a grudge

Examples of grudge in a Sentence

Verb I don't grudge paying my share. I don't grudge her the opportunities she has been given. Noun She still has a grudge against him for the way he treated her in school. He has nursed a grudge against his former boss for years. I don't bear him any grudges.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their party was more likely to eschew deadly and costly violence in favor of grudging compromise and coexistence. Caitlin Fitz, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2020 Corbyn, meanwhile, began to win grudging praise from the guardians of established opinion for his willingness to coordinate the resistance. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, 13 Jan. 2020 Summing up, Nixon called for the Chinese to be bold and not grudging. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2018 Instant coffee, often relegated to brownie recipes and steak rubs, is making a comeback and even winning grudging approval from connoisseurs. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2019 And finally, a grudging first welcome to … the new pass interference rule in the regular season. Jonathan Jones,, 5 Sep. 2019 Smith presents a more modulated relationship of mutual if often grudging esteem and uneasy collaboration toward common objectives. Jean Edward Smith, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2019 After initial hesitation, President Obama declared that Assad must go, but without lending more than grudging assistance to rebel groups fighting to achieve that outcome. Brian Stewart, National Review, 10 Aug. 2019 But while there is some comic nature to booing and jeers aimed at Smith, there is also grudging respect. James Masters, CNN, 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dan Chase is living a quiet, off-the-grid life when a major mistake from his past — involving an Afghani warlord with a decades-old grudge — sends him back on the run. Leah Greenblatt,, 10 June 2022 Carson Wentz, at least outwardly, doesn't hold a grudge against the Indianapolis Colts or team owner Jim Irsay. Scott Horner, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 After Valerie Solanas, an artist and writer with a grudge against Warhol, shot him in 1968, Marisol left the country. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2022 That’s not exactly a surprising stance from a sorcerer who already has a grudge against Doctor Strange. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Apr. 2022 Trump has held a grudge against Pence for not going along with his unconstitutional scheme to effectively overturn the 2020 election results. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 16 Mar. 2022 Carson Wentz, at least outwardly, doesn't hold a grudge against the Indianapolis Colts or team owner Jim Irsay. Scott Horner, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 Carson Wentz, at least outwardly, doesn't hold a grudge against the Indianapolis Colts or team owner Jim Irsay. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2022 Depp denied the accusation, saying Barkin held a grudge against him. Mike Miller,, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grudge


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grudge


Middle English grucchen, grudgen to grumble, complain, from Anglo-French grucer, grucher, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German grogezen to howl


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“Grudge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈgrəj How to pronounce grudge (audio) \
grudged; grudging

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Kids Definition of grudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a feeling of anger or dislike towards someone usually that lasts a long time She's held a grudge against me since kindergarten. …Lester welcomed us kids back onto his bus without a grudge— Ingrid Law, Savvy

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