Origin of gruesee gruesome
(third-person singular simple present grues, present participle gruing, simple past and past participle grued)
From Middle English gruen. Probably from Middle Low German gruwen or Middle Dutch gruwen (Dutch gruwen), both from Proto-Germanic *grūwijanan.
- Any byproduct of a gruesome event, i.e. gore, viscera, entrails, blood and guts.
- The butcher was covered in the accumulated grue of a hard day's work
- There was grue everywhere after the accident
Back-formation from gruesome.
Probably from gruesome; first used in Jack Vance's Dying Earth universe, but popularized by the text-based computer game Zork (1980).