Grue meaning

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(chiefly scot.) A shudder of fear.
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(intransitive, archaic) To be frightened; to shudder with fear.
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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.

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A fictional predator that dwells in the dark.
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(philosophy) Of an object, green when first observed before a specified time or blue when first observed after that time.
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(linguistics) Green or blue, as a translation from languages such as Welsh that do not distinguish between these hues.
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Origin of grue

  • From Middle English gruen. Probably from Middle Low German gruwen or Middle Dutch gruwen (Dutch gruwen), both from Proto-Germanic *grūwijanan.

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  • Probably from gruesome; first used in Jack Vance's Dying Earth universe, but popularized by the text-based computer game Zork (1980).

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  • Blend of green and blue. Coined by Nelson Goodman to illustrate concepts in the philosophy of science.

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  • Back-formation from gruesome.

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