grueling grueling, gruelling gruellingadj. 1. characterized by toilsome effort; requiring extreme physical or mental effort; as, a grueling campaign.

Syn: arduous, backbreaking, back-breaking, exhausting, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, labourious, punishing, slavish, strenuous, toilsome. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • grueling — I (difficult) adjective complex, complicated, difficult, extreme, formidable, hard, harsh, involved, labyrinthine, obscure, onerous, opaque, operose, trying II (weakening) adjective debilitating, devitalizing, enervating, enfeebling, exhausting,… …   Law dictionary

  • grueling — [adj] difficult, taxing arduous, backbreaking, brutal, chastening, crushing, demanding, excruciating, exhausting, fatiguing, fierce, grinding, hairy*, hard, harsh, heavy*, laborious, punishing, racking, severe, stiff, strenuous, tiring, torturous …   New thesaurus

  • grueling — or gruelling [gro͞o′liŋ, gro͞o′ə liŋ] adj. [prp. of obs. v. gruel, to punish < GRUEL] extremely trying; exhausting n. [Brit. Informal] harsh treatment or punishment …   English World dictionary

  • grueling — gru|el|ing [ gru(ə)lıŋ ] adjective involving a lot of continuous effort: DEMANDING, PUNISHING: a grueling twelve mile hike the President s grueling schedule ╾ gru|el|ing|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grueling — or gruelling adjective Etymology: from present participle of obsolete gruel to exhaust, punish, from gruel, noun Date: 1852 trying or taxing to the point of exhaustion ; punishing < a grueling race > • gruelingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grueling — gruelingly, adv. /grooh euh ling, grooh ling/, adj. 1. exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: the grueling Boston marathon. n. 2. any trying or exhausting procedure or experience. Also, esp. Brit., gruelling. [1850 55; slang gruel punishment… …   Universalium

  • grueling — adjective a grueling hike through the snow Syn: exhausting, tiring, fatiguing, wearying, taxing, draining, debilitating; demanding, exacting, difficult, hard, arduous, strenuous, laborious, back breaking, harsh, severe, stiff …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • grueling — gru•el•ing [[t]ˈgru ə lɪŋ, ˈgru lɪŋ[/t]] adj. exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: a grueling marathon[/ex] Also, esp. brit. gru′el•ling. Etymology: 1850–55; gruel punishment (n.), punish (v.) (cf. to get one s gruel to be punished, killed) …   From formal English to slang

  • grueling — adjective characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort worked their arduous way up the mining valley a grueling campaign hard labor heavy work heavy going spent many laborious hours on the project set a punishing …   Useful english dictionary

  • grueling — adjective alternative spelling of gruelling …   Wiktionary

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