Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.


also gru·el·ling  (gro͞o′ə-lĭng, gro͞o′lĭng)
Physically or mentally demanding to the point of exhaustion: a grueling campaign.

gru′el·ing·ly adv.


(ˈgru ə lɪŋ, ˈgru lɪŋ)

exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: a grueling marathon.
n. Also, esp. Brit.,gru′el•ling.
[1850–55; gruel punishment (n.), punish (v.) (compare to get one's gruel to be punished, killed) + -ing2, -ing1]
gru′el•ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.grueling - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustiongrueling - 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 pace"
effortful - requiring great physical effort


(American) grueling (ˈgrueliŋ) adjective
exhausting. a gruelling race.
References in periodicals archive ?
It was a really grueling challenge and everybody on the team deserves credit for working extremely hard," said Penelope "For the students, it was an amazing opportunity and allowed them to test their skills working on a live project under extreme pressure.
Join Kathy as she takes us through this grueling journey.
Summary: MOSCOW, June 03, 2010, SPA -- An international team of researchers in Russia on Thursday began a grueling simulation of a flight to Mars that will keep them locked in a cascade of windowless modules for 520 days _ the amount of time required for a journey to the Red Planet and back to Earth,.
The Pacific Crest Trail reaches from Mexico to Canada: a grueling stretch with many physical demands.
Graphic depictions of violence and sex are present in dark saga; The Advent of the King is not for squeamish readers, yet its vivid detail paints an unforgettable picture of the grueling difficulties of struggling to survive in medieval times.
Sure, sweatshop work is tedious, grueling, and sometimes dangerous.
Chressanthis made sure to portray the grueling training sessions and wanted to depict the gradual improvements of Bannister's quality as a runner.
In A Modern Line, Keigwin puts the grueling process of a Chorus Line-style audition into the context of everyday life.
Coe recalls in detail his grueling and fruitful excavations in Guatemala and Tennessee, his early work studying the Olmecs and their predecessors, and his establishment of a successful Mesoamerican program at Yale University before his retirement in 1994.
The answers lie in those very new technologies, in digitization and automation, and in the grueling process improvement work now common in other industries.
Armstrong credits his illness with enabling him to compete in the grueling event, as a result of weight loss associated with his chemotherapy treatments.