grunt

verb
\ 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

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

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Other Words from grunt

Verb

grunter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for grunt

Synonyms: Verb

chunter [British], 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

On another wall, 88 carved Asuras and 92 devas seem to grunt with effort in an illustration of the Hindu legend of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Kareena Gianani, National Geographic, "Explore Cambodia’s ancient stone city," 10 Sep. 2019 But there were also many exchanges that broke free of conventional patterns, and both men often seemed to be grunting not out of habit but out of a genuine need to add something extra to each shot that might make the other miss. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Shows Why the Young Guard Will Have to Wait," 9 Sep. 2019 All of these different species of animals were sharing a watering hole and never once grunted at each other. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "How Photographer Stephen Wilkes Captures a Full Day in a Single Image," 7 Sep. 2019 Bev and Emily grunted their way up the truck’s narrow ramp, taking frequent breaks, and shoved the love seat against the truck’s wall. J. Robert Lennon, The New Yorker, "The Loop," 19 Aug. 2019 Part 5 will be an auditory treat featuring the mysterious sounds of the sea, from grunting haddock to singing cusk eels. Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Message in a bottle: Forensics meets marine science with eDNA," 15 Aug. 2019 Part 5 will be an auditory treat featuring the mysterious sounds of the sea, from grunting haddock to singing cusk eels. Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, "No light, no problem: The improbable wonders of deep-sea coral," 2 Aug. 2019 The results do not show whether grunting loudly in other situations and sports would produce the same results. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "To Boost Sports Performance (and Annoy Your Opponents), Grunt," 7 Mar. 2018 Being so exposed is an eerie feeling at first, to be sure, but the serenade of chirping frogs and grunting hippos becomes familiar in due course. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Berto Fernandez makes the most out of his unintelligible grunts and groans as Lurch, and wears platform shoes that would intimidate Kourtney Kardashian. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Gifted cast makes ‘The Addams Family’ a treat at Welk Resort Theatre," 7 Sep. 2019 Use Your Voice to Control Your Calendar Smart homes and voice assistants are designed to take the grunt work out of day-to-day tasks, keeping you from relying on your failing brain to know what’s on your calendar, and when. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "These 10 Google Calendar Tips Will Make You the Master of Your Schedule," 23 Aug. 2019 Audible exhales and the occasional grunt filled the room. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Parkinson's patients enlist in karate classes to fight disease," 14 June 2019 Crucially, that 460 lb-ft is available at 1500 rpm, the lowest of the bunch, which means the most grunt right off idle. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "How Does the Chevrolet Silverado's New Duramax Turbo-Diesel Engine Compare against Ford and Ram?," 3 June 2019 The Afghan National Army is over 46,000 personnel short of being at full strength, a shortfall in retention that is adding strain on grunts who are already exhausted defending isolated outposts and checkpoints. Donald C. Bolduc, Time, "I Served 10 Tours in Afghanistan. It’s Time for Us to Leave," 30 Aug. 2019 Of course, Saint’s grunt didn’t sound anything like the noises seals make — something his mother appeared to joke about in her video. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian's Son Saint West Hilariously Makes Seal Noises During Balboa Island Trip — Watch!," 8 Aug. 2019 To find the extra grunt for JCW models, Mini modified the crankshaft, installed new main bearings, a larger turbocharger, and JCW-specific pistons and connecting rods, and tweaked the compression ratio. Annie White, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mini JCW Countryman and Clubman Get More Power," 14 May 2019 Velez’s designs play on the ideas of femininity, challenging with the ideas of what can be beautiful by using materials that are deemed for grunt work and transforming them into ethereal garments. Tahirah Hairston, Teen Vogue, "Teen Vogue Generation Designer Elena Velez Is Challenging The Idea of Femininity," 10 Sep. 2019

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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 and Noun

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

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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
informal : a U.S. soldier especially in the Vietnam War
US, informal : a person who does ordinary and boring work

grunt

verb
\ ˈgrənt How to pronounce grunt (audio) \
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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