Definition of grudge in English:


Syllabification: grudge
Pronunciation: /grəj



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  • 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.

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