An example of a grudge is when you still harbor bad feelings towards a person who insulted you two years ago.
transitive verbgrudged, grudg′ing
- to envy and resent (someone) because of that person's possession or enjoyment of (something); begrudge: to grudge a person his success
- to give with reluctance: the miser grudged his dog its food
Origin of grudgeLate Middle English gruggen, variant, variety of grucchen from Old French grouchier
- a strong, continued feeling of hostility or ill will against someone over a real or fancied grievance
- a reason or cause for this
transitive verbgrudged, grudg·ing, grudg·es
- To be reluctant to give or admit: even grudged the tuition money.
- To resent for having; begrudge: grudged him his good ways with the children.
Origin of grudgeMiddle English gruggen, grucchen to grumble, complain from Old French grouchier
- (countable) Deep-seated animosity or ill-feeling about something or someone.
- to hold a grudge against someone
- to have a grudge against someone
- to bear a grudge against someone
- grudge match
(third-person singular simple present grudges, present participle grudging, simple past and past participle grudged)
A variant of grutch (mid 15th-century, younger than begrudge), from Middle English grucchen (“to murmur, complain, feel envy, begrudge”), from Old French grouchier, groucier (“to murmur, grumble”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Old Norse krytja (“to murmur”) or Old High German grunzen (“to grunt”).