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 attributivelygrunt 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

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 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, "Ten ways videoconferencing mirrors life: Sun Messages," 7 Sep. 2020 That done, the trucks grunt out a couple of runs each. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1979 Chevrolet LUV vs. 1979 Toyota 4wd," 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, "Take a Virtual Tour of Yellowstone National Park with Airstream," 1 May 2020 For six hours, the truck lurches and grunts its way back to civilization. Carl Fincke, Washington Post, "On a remote Russian peninsula, a vodka-fueled ad�ven�ture," 6 Mar. 2020 Older, wiser, and accompanied by his son, Kratos now slaughters and grunts his way through draugr, ogre, and valkyrie. Popular Science, "Mandatory games for your PS4," 13 Apr. 2020 In a dusty park, six barbers wielded razors, scraping whiskers from men’s faces, occasionally grunting to a customer to stay still or tilt his head. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Battered but Resilient After China’s Crackdown," 18 Jan. 2020 No one is interested in guys who grunt like Butkus. Jason Diamond, WSJ, "Rooting for the Midwest to Win Super Bowl Glory," 1 Feb. 2020 But the pleasure of these rooms is their permeability to the forest, which at night comes alive with grunting frogs, chirping insects, and the occasional bellow of a howler monkey. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Francis Ford Coppola's Cassa Zenda: First In," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If a squirrel starts barking, a blue jay squawks, or a crow starts fussing, throw a grunt that way. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "35 Pieces of Deer-Hunting Wisdom to Read Before You Hunt This Season," 2 Nov. 2020 That was disappointing news for former conservancy consulting biologist Juanita Constible, who in 2007 spent up to 14 hours a day noting the massive, beady-eyed beasts’ every move and grunt. Louis Sahagún Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Catalina plans to import bison to boost the herd. Biologists aren’t happy," 8 Nov. 2020 Opening applications is hard work—significantly harder, in many cases, than actually running those applications—and the lack of grunt in the BCM2711 is readily apparent there. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Raspberry Pi 400 review—the under-$100 desktop PC you didn’t know you needed," 2 Nov. 2020 And then, with a grunt heard ‘round the park, the Marine veteran whacks the ball to deep left field. Washington Post, "‘We all wanted to play’: Aging softball buddies defy pandemic for joy of the game," 28 Oct. 2020 But the engine does seem to make excellent low-end grunt, the transmission didn't do anything untoward, and the suspension didn't collapse riding along smooth pavement. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Volkswagen Taos Previews an Important New Engine for VW," 6 Oct. 2020 Football, with its grunt-and-snort, mud-and-blood demeanor, would not seem super-well-suited to safety in the presence of a communicable disease. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Next up in COVID times: The NFL," 31 Aug. 2020 The grunt of a bull moose rolled sonorously through the pines. Outdoor Life, "5 of the Best Cartridges for Hunting Western Big Game," 28 Aug. 2020 The grunt of buses fades behind a block of public housing, where a Saturday basketball game is in full swing and a cluster of cops looks on. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘I chose to keep going’: Resilience of New York workers tested by pandemic," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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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 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for grunt

grunt

verb
How to pronounce grunt (audio)

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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