(chiefly scot.) A shudder of fear.
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.
Origin of grue
- From Middle English gruen. Probably from Middle Low German gruwen or Middle Dutch gruwen (Dutch gruwen), both from Proto-Germanic *grūwijanan.
- Probably from gruesome; first used in Jack Vance's Dying Earth universe, but popularized by the text-based computer game Zork (1980).
- Back-formation from gruesome.