Definition of grudge in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrəj/


A persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury: she held a grudge against her former boss
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  • 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.
grievance, resentment, bitterness, rancor, pique, umbrage, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, bad feelings, hard feelings, ill feelings, ill will, animosity, antipathy, antagonism, enmity, animus
informal a chip on one's shoulder


[with object]
1Be resentfully unwilling to give, grant, or allow (something): he grudged the work and time that the meeting involved
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  • 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 triumph
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  • 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.


bear someone a grudge (also bear a grudge)

Maintain a feeling of ill will or resentment toward someone: I hope you will not bear me a grudge perhaps Maria bears a grudge against him for that very reason





Late Middle English: variant of obsolete grutch 'complain, murmur, grumble', from Old French grouchier, of unknown origin. Compare with grouch.

  • grouch from late 19th century:

    The words grouch and grudge (Late Middle English) are variants of obsolete grutch, from Old French grouchier ‘to grumble, murmur’, of unknown origin. Early 19th-century grouse may be related.

Words that rhyme with grudge

adjudge, begrudge, bludge, budge, drudge, fudge, judge, misjudge, nudge, pudge, sludge, smudge, trudge
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