grunt

1 of 2

verb

grunted; grunting; grunts

intransitive verb

: to utter a grunt

transitive verb

: to utter with a grunt
grunter noun

grunt

2 of 2

noun

plural grunts
1
a
: 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
4
a
: 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

Illustration of grunt

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
So maybe athletes in other sports will start grunting more — and more deeply. Brandon Griggs, CNN, 10 July 2024 Mitchell can be heard grunting and yelling apologies. Anumita Kaur, Washington Post, 9 July 2024
Noun
The 42-year-old tennis legend shared the origins of her infamous grunt during an interview with Hot Ones published on Thursday, July 4. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 5 July 2024 As for grunt, owners can choose between twin or triple Volvo Penta IPS 650 drives, which provide exhilarating top speeds of up to 40 knots and a cruising range of more than 450 nautical miles. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for grunt 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

Noun

derivative of grunt entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of grunt was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Grunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grunt. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

grunt

noun
ˈgrənt
1
a
: the deep short sound made by a hog
b
: a similar sound
2
: any of numerous marine fishes related to the snappers
grunt verb
grunter noun

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