\ ˈgrənt How to pronounce grunt (audio) \
grunted; grunting; grunts

Definition of grunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to utter a grunt

transitive verb

: to utter with a grunt


plural grunts

Definition of grunt (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the deep short sound characteristic of a hog
b : a similar sound
2 [from the noise it makes when taken from the water] : any of a family (Haemulidae synonym Pomadasyidae) of chiefly tropical marine bony fishes
3 : a dessert made by dropping biscuit dough on top of boiling berries and steaming blueberry grunt
4a : a U.S. army or marine foot soldier especially in the Vietnam War
b : one who does routine unglamorous work often used attributively grunt work

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grunter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for grunt

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of grunt in a Sentence

Verb The workers were grunting with effort as they lifted the heavy furniture. She grunted a few words in reply, then turned and walked away. Noun the grunt of a pig I could hear the grunts of the movers as they lifted the heavy furniture. He answered her with a grunt. He was a grunt who worked his way up to become an officer. He's just a grunt in the attorney's office.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gymnasts do not grunt with effort like the women who spin like a top and fling the hammer or discus far into the distance. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021 Eleven family members work full time, while the fourth generation does grunt work during their summer vacations as a reminder of where the family came from. Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021 Patricia began as a Patriots grunt in 2004 (putting aside his degree in aeronautical engineering from RPI), and Belichick was his most vocal supporter before and after Patricia got the job as Lions head coach in 2018., 28 May 2021 Thanks to the supercharger, there's also plenty of grunt away from rest, and the four-speed automatic's shift schedule and the smoothness with which shifts are accomplished seem beyond reproach. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 23 Feb. 2021 Obviously, the red energy field that surrounds Wanda was added in post, which means Elizabeth Olsen had to stand there and cry and grunt with nothing happening around her while shooting. Chancellor Agard,, 5 Mar. 2021 On that day, three minutes into the meeting the local lawnmowers will snarl, grunt and wail in unison right through your three-hour meeting. Write to me. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2020 That done, the trucks grunt out a couple of runs each. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2020 Unlike a traditional documentary, Portable Park eschews a human narrator and instead lets the park speak for itself, with bubbling geysers, howling wolves, and grunting bison stealing the spotlight. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many industries, like investment banking and law firms, rely on young talent to do the grunt work, working long hours in exchange for high pay. Jonas Barck, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 If The Mule was a little bit about Eastwood the man, Cry Macho is about Eastwood the screen icon, the steely cowpoke who can communicate a range of emotions with a grunt. David Sims, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2021 And most swings of her racket announced with a loud grunt, winners noted with a shaking fist., 9 Sep. 2021 With Drift mode activated, the system delivers all the torque to the outside tire in turns, but don't expect cinematic powerslides: The car is capable of routing only 50 percent of the engine's grunt to the rear axle. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 What’s more, the 928 packed a ton of grunt, which was perfect for what the car needed to do on the big screen. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 July 2021 After the grunt of reconstruction, Matthews enjoyed flexing her creative muscles by outfitting the new rooms. House Beautiful, 8 Sep. 2021 The powerplant is long on low-end grunt, almost freakishly quiet, the steering is precise but has a non-disclosure agreement with road surfaces, and the brakes could stop a crashing stock market. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 2 Dec. 2020 As for grunt, Arosa is fitted with a hybrid-electric drivetrain that emits minimal noise and pollution. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of grunt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grunt


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


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“Grunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a short, low sound : to make a grunt
: to say (something) with a grunt



English Language Learners Definition of grunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short, low sound from the throat
: a U.S. soldier especially in the Vietnam War
: a person who does ordinary and boring work


\ ˈgrənt How to pronounce grunt (audio) \
grunted; grunting

Kids Definition of grunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a short low sound



Kids Definition of grunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short low sound (as of a pig)

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