- A persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury: she held a grudge against her former bossMore example sentences
- They intend to interview friends, former colleagues, ex-girlfriends, even former classmates - anyone who may have held a grudge against him.
- He held a grudge against me, and so he made up lies to slander me.
- I tend to hold personal, self-deprecating grudges for a bit.
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- 1Be resentfully unwilling to give, grant, or allow (something): he grudged the work and time that the meeting involvedMore example sentences
- When money ran out, they were the only ones working on their land not grudging their son's indulgence in the newfound joys of matrimony.
- After 83 minutes they had finally given an inch, grudging it to Ireland with all their hearts.
- The only dissenting voice was Henry's son William, who grudged the loss to the estate of a prime field.
- 1.1 [with two objects, usually with negative] Feel resentful that (someone) has achieved (something): I don’t grudge him his moment of triumphMore example sentences
- Ah well, I don't grudge her that moment of bitter victory.
- Not that I'd really have grudged him a snack, you understand, but I'm rather fond of the little baby frogs and heaven knows they have enough trouble making it into adulthood as it is.
- But while he peppered his press conferences with the odd spell of self-flagellation, claiming he was being selfish, few will grudge him his opportunity.
late Middle English: variant of obsolete grutch 'complain, murmur, grumble', from Old French grouchier, of unknown origin. Compare with grouch.