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 grueling (audio) \ adverb

Examples of grueling in a Sentence

running a marathon is grueling cutting diamonds can be grueling work
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the grueling and monotonous nature of rehab, Odeyingbo maintained a positive demeanor. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Oct. 2021 What Rivera experienced was abnormal and grueling, in the middle of a pandemic, no less. CBS News, 9 Oct. 2021 That was an early-20s kid, clawing to find his grip on boxing’s grueling ladder, where each resume-building victory comes through hundreds of hours of sweat. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Commenting on social media, many accused Fu of imposing grueling and unreasonably harsh requirements on grassroots officers, such as not allowing prison guards to take breaks during night shifts. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 The backlash to Bowyer-Chapman as a judge was swift and grueling. Marcus Jones,, 16 Sep. 2021 The keeper had never been sidelined with an injury as extensive and grueling as an ACL tear. Julia Poe,, 18 Aug. 2021 Their initial grueling trip from Plymouth to his parents' home in Ely was followed by cycling marathons in Slovenia, Russia and to Wyoming. Kevin Duchschere, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 For Tenev, that day was a grueling five-hour ordeal. Matt Robinson, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Grueling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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