- The definition of gruesome is something unpleasant or causing horror.
An example of something that would be described as gruesome is a violent murder scene.
Origin: from dialect, dialectal grue, to shudder (from Middle English gruwen, akin to Middle High German from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝhreu-, to grind down from source grit) plush -some
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Origin: Obsolete grue, to shudder (from Middle English gruen, from Middle Dutch grūwen or Middle Low German gruwen) + -some1.
- grueˈsome·ly adverb
- grueˈsome·ness noun