Grudge definition

grŭj
A strong, continued feeling of hostility or ill will against someone over a real or fancied grievance.
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A reason or cause for this.
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To envy and resent (someone) because of that person's possession or enjoyment of (something); begrudge.

To grudge a person his success.

verb
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A deep-seated feeling of resentment or rancor.

Bears a grudge about the accident.

noun
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The definition of a grudge is a lingering, strong feeling of ill will or resentment.

An example of a grudge is when you still harbor bad feelings towards a person who insulted you two years ago.

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To be reluctant to give or admit.

Even grudged the tuition money.

verb
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(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.

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To be unwilling to give or allow (someone something). [from 16th c.]
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To resent for having; begrudge.

Grudged him his good ways with the children.

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To give with reluctance.

The miser grudged his dog its food.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
grudge
Plural:
grudges

Origin of grudge

  • Middle English gruggen, grucchen to grumble, complain from Old French grouchier

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary