Definition of grueling in English:


(British gruelling)

Pronunciation /ˈɡro͞oəliNG/ /ˈɡruəlɪŋ/

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  • Extremely tiring and demanding.

    ‘a grueling schedule’
    • ‘Teams of between two and eight dogs will run at speeds of over 20 miles per hour around the gruelling four-mile course.’
    • ‘The documentary filmed them preparing for the latter, and their gruelling training regime was something to behold.’
    • ‘Plus, after a gruelling few days the creative juices were a little slack.’
    • ‘Things did get a little gruelling at time, but by the time I had done 5K I knew that I was going to finish.’
    • ‘Then we'd shoulder the saplings in tandem and carry them back to the cottage, a gruelling 40 minutes.’
    • ‘Since then he has run the London marathon and the gruelling 150-mile Great Sahara Run.’
    • ‘So he put an incorrect date of birth on the application form and completed the gruelling 26 mile route.’
    • ‘David has been a paratrooper for a year after surviving a gruelling six-month training course.’
    • ‘Riders must complete four to five laps in one day, each of which can easily be a gruelling 25 miles long.’
    • ‘The scenery was breathtaking and it was a very enjoyable walk if a little gruelling at times.’
    • ‘This could take up to an hour and must be completed by the end of a gruelling nine-hour shift.’
    • ‘Only 14 of the 40 horses finished the gruelling four-and-a-half mile course in Liverpool.’
    • ‘This wasn't the most pleasant way to begin a grueling, accusatory interview, but Jacobs' unease made sense for the obvious reasons.’
    • ‘The work week was six days, and each work day was a grueling 12 hours.’
    • ‘Years later, as an Army wife herself, she remembers a grueling 15-day trip to Europe on a ship.’
    • ‘As my husband points out, teaching is a grueling, challenging job and takes an enormous amount of energy.’
    • ‘As with any new venture, those first 12 months have been crucial - and gruelling.’
    • ‘Every day was full of challenges, some gruelling, others just plain grubby.’
    • ‘But in a strange way, it added a level of realism that we wouldn't have got, gruelling though it was.’
    • ‘These were based mainly in Scotland, where the courses were as gruelling as the terrain.’
    exhausting, tiring, fatiguing, wearying, enervating, taxing, draining, sapping, debilitating


Mid 19th century from the verb gruel ‘exhaust, punish’, from an old phrase get one's gruel ‘receive one's punishment’.