from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Reluctant; unwilling.

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  • adj. Unwilling or with reluctance.
  • v. Present participle of grudge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Murmuring; repining; complaining.
  • n. Unwillingness; reluctance.
  • n. Envy; begrudging.
  • n. An access or paroxysm of a disease, as the chill before a fever.
  • n. Hence, figuratively, prophetic intimation; presentiment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of especially an attitude
  • adj. petty or reluctant in giving or spending


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • In 1729, in grudging acknowledgment of the over-wintering population, the naval governor at Newfoundland was permitted to appoint justices of the peace and surrogates to hear fishery disputes in the absence of fishing admirals and seasonal governors.

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  • The disciples had just now betrayed the weakness of their love to him, in grudging the ointment that was poured upon his head

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  • I have a certain grudging respect for the real ones who get on and do it, and a growing impatience with the call/texters who never intend anything of the sort, but f**k us around for hours while they work through their angst.

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  • Unlike most Boyle heroines, she’s not very likable, but she does elicit a certain grudging respect.

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  • Paul eyed her with what could only be termed a grudging kind of respect.

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  • They call a grudging truce over the barbecue at Gwen's, as it's only three weeks to go before the big wedding.

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  • On the national level, France's Constitutional Court have approved the latest version of the French 3-strikes rule, HADOPI, which has created a kind of grudging, joke oversight by the courts (before your family's Internet connection is taken away, a judge gives the order 1-2 minutes 'worth of review, and you aren't entitled to counsel and the rules of evidence don't apply -- the NYT called it similar to "traffic court").

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  • In an hour-long interview with Post reporters and editors in his office in Kabul, Karzai said he was speaking out not to criticize the United States but in the belief that candor could improve what he called a "grudging" relationship between the countries.

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  • Karzai said in the interview that he was speaking out not to criticize the United States but in the belief that candor could improve what he called a "grudging" relationship between the countries, although he said tension had eased and he feels he can talk openly about his feelings.

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  • It looks like the Bush administration, which has given new meaning to the word "grudging," is once again doling out crumbs for the sake of appearance.

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