grudge (against somebody) a feeling of anger or dislike towards somebody because of something bad they have done to you in the past I bear him no grudge. He has a grudge against the world. She has harboured a grudge against me for years. I don't hold any grudges now. He's a man with a grudge. England beat New Zealand in a grudge match (= a match where there is strong dislike between the teams). Word Origin late Middle English: variant of obsolete grutch ‘complain, murmur, grumble’, from Old French grouchier, of unknown origin. Compare with grouch.Extra examples Do you know anyone who might have a grudge against you? I don’t hold grudges for very long. It’s a grudge match between the two teams. It’s time to forget old grudges. I bear him no grudge. She’s a woman with a grudge.