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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bih-gruhj]
    • /bɪˈgrʌdʒ/
    • /bɪˈɡrʌdʒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bih-gruhj]
    • /bɪˈgrʌdʒ/

Definitions of begrudging word

  • verb with object begrudging to envy or resent the pleasure or good fortune of (someone): She begrudged her friend the award. 1
  • verb with object begrudging to be reluctant to give, grant, or allow: She did not begrudge the money spent on her children's education. 1
  • verb begrudging present participle of begrudge. 0
  • adjective begrudging envious. 0
  • adjective begrudging reluctant. 0

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Origin of begrudging

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400, begrudge is from the Middle English word bigrucchen. See be-, grudge

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Parts of speech for Begrudging


begrudging popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

begrudging usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for begrudging

adj begrudging

  • against the grain — contrary to one's feelings, nature, wishes, etc.; irritating or displeasing
  • appetent — having an eager longing or desire
  • bitter — In a bitter argument or conflict, people argue very angrily or fight very fiercely.
  • conscripted — enrolled for compulsory service, esp military service
  • dissatisfied — not satisfied or pleased; discontented.

noun begrudging

  • denial — A denial of something is a statement that it is not true, does not exist, or did not happen.
  • grudgingness — The state or quality of grudging.
  • jealousy — jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.

adjective begrudging

  • envious — Feeling or showing envy.
  • jealous — feeling resentment against someone because of that person's rivalry, success, or advantages (often followed by of): He was jealous of his rich brother.
  • kvetching — Present participle of kvetch.
  • malcontented — Malcontent.

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