grunt

verb
\ˈgrənt \
grunted; grunting; grunts

Definition of grunt 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to utter a grunt

transitive verb

: to utter with a grunt

grunt

noun

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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Noun

grunt 2

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from grunt

Verb

grunter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for grunt

Synonyms: Verb

mouth, mumble, murmur, mutter

Synonyms: Noun

grunting, mumble, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering

Antonyms: Verb

speak out, speak up

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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

Midtown Athletic Club had become a hive of activity across its three floors: running, leaping, lunging, lifting, pushing, pulling, crawling, tossing, throwing, grunting and sweating. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Chilling out, working out with a Midtown Athletic Club winter wellness staycation," 13 Feb. 2018 So when a sailor next to him grunted and groaned throughout the training and made under-the-breath comments about issues such as which bathroom a transgender person should use, Taryn wasn’t fazed. Washington Post, "President Trump tweeted, sailor’s career is on the line," 26 Feb. 2018 When Ward bent down to tie Baker's shoes, the drummer grunted and bellowed like a wounded water buffalo. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "Ginger Baker Hates You," 16 Oct. 2013 Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him. Oliver Gettell, EW.com, "James Corden apologizes for Weinstein jokes: 'Sexual assault is no laughing matter'," 15 Oct. 2017 Anyway, for all that ails tennis, grunting never much bothered me. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: What Do Tennis Fans Really Want?," 4 Oct. 2017 While Modell spoke, Groza stood behind the couch, eating a sandwich and grunting his disapproval. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Losing interest in the NFL | Tim Sullivan," 9 Sep. 2017 Participants, dressed in bright-colored leggings, cut-up T-shirts and the latest name-brand footwear, grunted through intervals of burpees with names like hot sauce, Bloody Mary, and jalapeño. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "A Think Tank for the Spandex Set," 29 Aug. 2017 After Under Armour burst onto the market 21 years ago, the company's early ads featured sculpted, grunting men lifting weights in barren gyms, and a coach bellowing at players in a low growl. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "Under Armour's challenge: Reaching women," 12 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Amphibious warfare is a core mission of the Marine Corps, and for nearly 40 years the Marines relied on the Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) to put grunts ashore. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Finally Pick a New Amphibious Vehicle To Replace Their Aging Ride," 20 June 2018 Below the noise and brutally driving rhythms the music seethes with weird effects — queasy lyricism in the strings, sinister grunts from the contrabassoon, trombones and tuba. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma turn up the heat in an all-Russian program," 15 June 2018 The grunts and ferocious focus were still there against Görges, who put up more resistance in her first Grand Slam semifinal than Thursday’s score might indicate. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams, Enjoying Every Moment, Is Back in the Wimbledon Final," 12 July 2018 Hardly any player ever gets let into personnel discussions, and almost all of them learn to put up with that fact, especially the grunts and cogs whose livelihoods are on the line while Rodgers is (possibly) upset about his lack of a kingmaker role. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Aaron Rodgers Doesn't Have Leverage, And He Knows It," 18 Apr. 2018 The perennial nanometer competition among chip companies is to build ever smaller circuits and components that allow them to fit more processing grunt into the same or smaller footprint. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "This is the first 7nm GPU, equipped with 32GB of memory," 6 June 2018 Over time, the whole of Normandy embraced this self-effacing grunt who’s impossible not to like. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "French school named for North County D-Day veteran," 4 June 2018 Farm out time-consuming grunt work like mass e-mails, billing, and even some assistant tasks to online services like MailChimp and Leverage, says Sarah Kauss. Jessica Goodman, Cosmopolitan, "Cosmo’s Guide to Starting Your Own Small Business," 6 Mar. 2018 In a scene reminiscent of two gigantic TV wrestlers grappling for holds, the prehistoric beasts grunt, puff and ham it up for all the world like Gorgeous George and Man Mountain Dean. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'King Kong vs. Godzilla': THR's 1963 Review," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of grunt

Verb

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

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grunt

Verb

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

Noun

see grunt entry 1

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gruntle

gruppetto

gruppo

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More Definitions for grunt

grunt

verb

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

grunt

noun

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

grunt

verb
\ˈgrənt \
grunted; grunting

Kids Definition of grunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a short low sound

grunt

noun

Kids Definition of grunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short low sound (as of a pig)

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