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grunt

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verb \ˈgrənt\

Simple Definition of grunt

  • : to make a short, low sound : to make a grunt

  • : to say (something) with a grunt

Full Definition of grunt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to utter a grunt

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to utter with a grunt

grunt·er noun

Examples of grunt

  1. The workers were grunting with effort as they lifted the heavy furniture.

  2. She grunted a few words in reply, then turned and walked away.



Origin of grunt

Middle English, from Old English grunnettan, frequentative of grunian, of imitative origin


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with grunt


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grunt

noun

Simple Definition of grunt

  • : a short, low sound from the throat

  • : a U.S. soldier especially in the Vietnam War

  • : a person who does ordinary and boring work

Full Definition of grunt

  1. 1 a :  the deep short sound characteristic of a hog b :  a similar sound

  2. 2 [from the noise it makes when taken from the water] :  any of a family (Haemulidae syn. Pomadasyidae) of chiefly tropical marine bony fishes

  3. 3 :  a dessert made by dropping biscuit dough on top of boiling berries and steaming <blueberry grunt>

  4. 4 a :  a United States army or marine foot soldier especially in the Vietnam War b :  one who does routine unglamorous work —often used attributively <grunt work>

Examples of grunt

  1. the grunt of a pig

  2. I could hear the grunts of the movers as they lifted the heavy furniture.

  3. He answered her with a grunt.

  4. He was a grunt who worked his way up to become an officer.

  5. He's just a grunt in the attorney's office.



Illustration of grunt

1553

First Known Use of grunt

1553



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