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grunt

[gruhnt] /grʌnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter the deep, guttural sound characteristic of a hog.
2.
to utter a similar sound.
3.
to grumble, as in discontent.
verb (used with object)
4.
to express with a grunt.
noun
5.
a sound of grunting.
6.
New England Cookery. a dessert, typically of cherries, peaches, or apples sweetened and spiced, and topped with biscuit dough.
7.
any food fish of the family Pomadasyidae (Haemulidae), found chiefly in tropical and subtropical seas, that emits grunting sounds.
8.
Slang. a soldier, especially an infantryman.
9.
Slang. a common or unskilled worker; laborer.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English grunten, Old English grunnettan, frequentative of grunian to grunt; cognate with German grunzen, Latin grunnīre
Related forms
gruntingly, adverb
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Examples from the web for grunted
  • The peasant grunted an apology, and got down from his seat.
  • He grunted affirmatively, then puffed in silence for a few minutes.
  • Pigs snorted, grunted and rummaged, occasionally pacing in their large pens.
  • He grunted a response to my order and dashed off, exposing cloud prints of powdered sugar on his pant legs.
  • The guys in the gym grunted, sweated, cursed and shouted at one another.
  • He grunted, wheeled around and took the trainer into an arm-bar hold, letting out a satisfied grunt.
  • The buck was sweaty and frothing at the mouth and had grunted at and charged deputies.
  • Using ropes and might they grunted the remaining boat around the many rocks both in and along the river.
  • It grunted as a pig and stamped as a horse in the night.
  • She grunted and her eyes winced with pain but she kept that smile intact, even when he smashed his lips into hers.
British Dictionary definitions for grunted

grunt

/ɡrʌnt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of pigs and some other animals) to emit a low short gruff noise
2.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to express something gruffly: he grunted his answer
noun
3.
the characteristic low short gruff noise of pigs, etc, or a similar sound, as of disgust
4.
any of various mainly tropical marine sciaenid fishes, such as Haemulon macrostomum (Spanish grunt), that utter a grunting sound when caught
5.
(US, slang) an infantry soldier or US Marine, esp in the Vietnam War
Derived Forms
gruntingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English grunnettan, probably of imitative origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn, grunni moaning, Latin grunnīre
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Word Origin and History for grunted

grunt

v.

Old English grunnettan "to grunt," frequentative of grunian "to grunt," probably imitative (cf. Danish grynte, Old High German grunnizon, German grunzen "to grunt," Latin grunnire "to grunt"). Related: Grunted; grunting.

n.

1550s, from grunt (v.); as a type of fish, from 1713; meaning "infantry soldier" emerged in U.S. military slang during Vietnam War (first recorded in print 1969); used since 1900 of various low-level workers. Grunt work first recorded 1977.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grunted

grunt

noun
  1. A line repairer's helper who works on the ground and does not climb poles (1900+ Line repairers)
  2. A locomotive engineer; hogger (1940s+ Railroad)
  3. An infantry soldier: I was drafted and served twelve months as a grunt in Vietnam/ Now there's a willingness to tell the story of the poor grunt who got his tail shot off (Vietnam War armed forces)
  4. Any low-ranking person, neophyte, etc: The attitude among the reporter grunts was pretty much ''them against us'' (late 1960s+)
  5. A bill for food or drink: I just hope Toots didn't bring along any of the grunts I must have left in that oasis (1940s+)
  6. A diligent student; grind: A grunt is a student who gives a shit about nothing except his sheepskin (1980s+)
Related Terms

cluck and grunt


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Encyclopedia Article for grunted

grunt

any of about 75 species of marine fishes of the families Pomadasyidae and Banjosidae (order Perciformes). Grunts are found along shores in warm and tropical waters of the major oceans. They are snapperlike but with weaker teeth and are named for the piglike grunts they can produce with their pharyngeal (throat) teeth. Some (genus Haemulon) are further characterized by bright, reddish mouth linings. Grunts are edible and valued as food, though most species are small. Some are noted for a behavioral trait in which two individuals approach and "kiss." The purpose of this, whether sexual or aggressive, is not known.

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