verb (used without object)
to utter the deep, guttural sound characteristic of a hog.
to utter a similar sound.
to grumble, as in discontent.
verb (used with object)
to express with a grunt.
a sound of grunting.
New England Cookery. a dessert, typically of cherries, peaches, or apples sweetened and spiced, and topped with biscuit dough.
any food fish of the family Pomadasyidae (Haemulidae), found chiefly in tropical and subtropical seas, that emits grunting sounds.
Slang. a soldier, especially an infantryman.
Slang. a common or unskilled worker; laborer.

before 900; Middle English grunten, Old English grunnettan, frequentative of grunian to grunt; cognate with German grunzen, Latin grunnīre

gruntingly, adverb Unabridged
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grunt (ɡrʌnt)
1.  (intr) (esp of pigs and some other animals) to emit a low short gruff noise
2.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to express something gruffly: he grunted his answer
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.  slang (US) an infantry soldier or US Marine, esp in the Vietnam War
[Old English grunnettan, probably of imitative origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn, grunni moaning, Latin grunnīre]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. grunnettan, freq. of grunian "to grunt," probably imitative. The noun meaning "infantry" 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 Dictionary

grunt definition

  1. n.
    an infantry soldier. (Military. From the gutteral sound made by a pig, and anyone doing very heavy labor.) : Get those grunts out on the field at sunrise!
  2. n.
    a low-ranking or subservient person. (Someone who is likely to utter a grunt because of the discomforts of menial labor.) : Let's hire a grunt to do this kind of work.
  3. n.
    a belch. : Does that grunt mean you like my cooking?
  4. n.
    a hardworking student. : The grunts got Bs on the test. It was that hard!
  5. n.
    a wrestler. (Possibly in reference to a grunting pig.) : Two big grunts wearing outlandish costumes performed for the television cameras.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Up close, the grunting and thwacking are terrifying.
Here therefore was grunting and puffing and sighing.
They have taken to spending hour upon hour staring into space, grunting in
  monosyllables, listlessly chewing carrots and brooding.
The grunting spectacle takes part on weekends throughout the emirate.
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