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grunt

verb \ ˈgrənt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of grunt

intransitive verb
: to utter a grunt
transitive verb
: to utter with a grunt

grunter

noun

Examples of grunt in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of grunt from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of grunt

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

grunt Synonyms


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grunt

noun

Definition of grunt

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

Examples of grunt in a Sentence

  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.

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Illustration of grunt

Origin and Etymology of grunt

see 1grunt


GRUNT Defined for English Language Learners

grunt

verb

Definition of grunt for English Language Learners

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

  • : to say (something) with a grunt


grunt

noun

Definition of grunt for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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grunt

verb \ ˈgrənt \

Definition of grunt for Students

grunted; grunting
: to make a short low sound

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grunt

noun

Definition of grunt for Students

: a short low sound (as of a pig)


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