Definition of grudge in US English:

grudge

noun

  • A persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury.

    ‘she held a grudge against her former boss’
    • ‘They intend to interview friends, former colleagues, ex-girlfriends, even former classmates - anyone who may have held a grudge against him.’
    • ‘The difference between nursing a grudge and committing to a war should be obvious.’
    • ‘Do you have a longstanding grudge against a relative?’
    • ‘We draw up alliances with loyalties thicker than blood and we nurse old grudges with photographic memories.’
    • ‘Elephants are renowned for their long memories and are not unknown to bear grudges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sources later explained that he was thought to be harbouring a grudge against the Prime Minister.’
    • ‘Boy, these guys sure do bear a grudge, don't they?’
    • ‘We simply have more important business to attend to right now than nursing an old grudge.’
    • ‘"It turned out that she had a petty grudge against both of us.’
    • ‘Balancing George's long-held grudges, however, was his tenacious loyalty.’
    • ‘For example, one might carry a grudge or feelings of guilt for years.’
    • ‘"No sense in holding grudges, " Lucy replied.’
    • ‘Is it spontaneous, promulgated by a third party, or the result of a growing, longstanding grudge?’
    • ‘I have also learned that journalists hold grudges far longer and over a lot less than studio executives.’
    • ‘Maybe we have old grudges that darken our perspective.’
    • ‘I'll only harbour a grudge against you for the rest of my life.’
    • ‘There is no point bearing grudges if you want to do well.’
    • ‘She had fallen in love, and he had harbored a grudge ever since.’
    grievance
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Be resentfully unwilling to give, grant, or allow (something)

    ‘he grudged the work and time that the meeting involved’
    • ‘I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one can deny Naipaul's writing skill or grudge this award for a lifetime of literary hard work.’
    • ‘A simple man, Ramesh does not grudge cricketers getting all mileage.’
    • ‘Maximising profit is in the nature of the animal, and if we want democratic choice, we cannot grudge commercial media exercising theirs.’
    • ‘Some grudge it because it stands on the way of their goal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We wouldn't grudge judicial quickness in headline-grabbing cases if it weren't for the appalling figures our justice system throws up again and again.’
    • ‘There is no reason to grudge the fact that the rain nearly spoiled the Onam celebrations.’
    • ‘Until such a time, we cannot grudge women demanding separate bus seats or special attention in queues.’
    begrudge, resent, feel aggrieved about, feel bitter about, be annoyed about, be angry about, be displeased about, be resentful of, mind, object to, take exception to, regret
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    1. 1.1with two objects, usually with negative Feel resentful that (someone) has achieved (something)
      ‘I don't grudge him his moment of triumph’
      • ‘The Hearts players have performed admirably during this season in trying circumstances, so it is hard to grudge them their qualified success.’
      • ‘I don't grudge him it but he pays more in tax than I was being offered.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ah well, I don't grudge her that moment of bitter victory.’
      • ‘I mean, I grudge nobody an honest living, but can they still be going?’
      • ‘I don't grudge anyone their share of designer labels - wear 'em if it makes you feel good.’
      • ‘I don't grudge them their breakfast, nor their liking for the sun, and certainly not the smiling.’
      • ‘Sometimes they'll peck at a particularly luscious flower or leaf, too, but there's enough there and to spare so I don't grudge them their dietary needs.’
      • ‘It seems like everyone in this family grudges me any fun in my life.’
      • ‘Nobody in India grudges them their pride and identity as being Muslims, first and foremost.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I ain't grudging them their airtime.’
      • ‘For them to have complete belonging to this country may not be fully possible and we should not grudge them that.’
      • ‘I didn't grudge him the time with his boyfriend, because he was so damn happy.’
      • ‘And who could grudge her the comfort of a family just the other side of a common wall?’
      • ‘Not that one grudges the great player any of that adulation.’
      • ‘But this is your last chance to preach to me, so I wouldn't grudge you the taking advantage of it.’
      • ‘Who's going to grudge a pensioner such a silly thing?’
      • ‘For the hosts, the result yielded a narrow defeat bonus point, scant reward for a spirited effort in the final quarter that almost gave them a surprise win that few could have grudged them.’
      • ‘Mind you, it helps that you don't grudge me a few of your goldfish.’
      envy, begrudge, resent, mind
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Phrases

  • 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’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

grudge

/ɡrədʒ//ɡrəj/