Definition of grudging in English:

grudging

adjective

  • 1Given or allowed only reluctantly or resentfully.

    ‘a grudging apology’
    • ‘There was a general, reluctant, grudging assent to do this, but they were all complying when suddenly a voice broke in.’
    • ‘After months of trying to undo the harm caused by our deception, we finally managed to promote a grudging parental acceptance of the strange new children of humankind.’
    • ‘Often, only the pressure of the spending timetable in the plan forced grudging assent out of some of the voting members.’
    • ‘This acknowledgement is almost grudging and apologetic.’
    • ‘I was a career thief and I suppose there is grudging respect on both sides.’
    • ‘I think after the anger comes some sort of grudging acceptance, but it's not going to be a very calming acceptance.’
    • ‘Well, calling this a grudging or a reluctant acceptance is a huge understatement, Bob.’
    • ‘In a grudging manner she also apologised to me, complaining that she was tired.’
    • ‘It is, in essence, a buddy piece: a fugitive, arrested 30 years before for protesting his government's eugenics program, forms a grudging friendship with an alien.’
    • ‘The First Minister eventually decided to go to Normandy, but his decision to do so, and the accompanying apology, was seen as grudging and petulant.’
    • ‘Additionally, the grudging acceptance of the Welsh victory was subsumed beneath an avalanche of regurgitated nonsense on qualification from the previous week.’
    • ‘The newspaper offered only a grudging apology for its reprehensible victimization of Lee and did not discipline any of the reporters involved.’
    • ‘She gave her grudging approval, though the world must have seemed more dangerous than ever in the midst of a cholera epidemic that claimed sixteen thousand Parisians between March and May 1849.’
    • ‘I have a grudging awareness that I may spend my whole life accepting this fear.’
    • ‘He was not even gracious enough to apologise and did not do so until some time later when it became expedient, in terms of his public image, to offer a grudging and less than grovelling apology.’
    • ‘But I do think there's been a willingness, or even a grudging willingness, to accept this as a good first step.’
    • ‘‘All the financial investment would have been for nought if our staff were working with sour faces and a grudging attitude,’ he said.’
    • ‘And this isn't just a grudging type of support offered through clenched teeth: they are advertising the fact with a huge ‘Good Luck England’ poster filling an ornate window.’
    • ‘While there was a grudging acceptance that amalgamation would proceed, there were two troubling outcomes.’
    • ‘First you get a period of moral panic, then a grudging, dismissive acceptance, and then, eventually, a recognition of cultural worth.’
    reluctant, unwilling, disinclined, forced, half-hearted, unenthusiastic, hesitant
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 (of a person) reluctant or resentfully unwilling to give or allow something.
      ‘a grudging admirer’
      • ‘Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master.’
      • ‘The book explores the relationship between an impossibly eccentric contemporary composer and his grudging biographer.’
      • ‘Her search for logic, clarity and correct usage in sentences won her grateful as well as grudging admirers.’
      • ‘He isn't even a grudging fan of the artist.’
      • ‘What made her so irritating to a horde of jealous and grudging admirers was her ability to navigate a respectable media career and at the same time intersperse it with unashamed gaudiness.’

Pronunciation

grudging

/ˈɡrʌdʒɪŋ/