The grunt takes a hard look at our interpreter, rotates his M16 and opens the vehicle door, motioning for us to get out.
At any given moment, my brain might tell me that I absolutely must grunt.
While the boys, many of whom forgot to put on underwear, grunt in monosyllabic tones.
The grunt asks us where we are going and we respond, “to the Korengal.”
As a grunt, he lectured a high-ranking officer in protest of Marines who attacked a Vietnamese child.
The fat boy gave a grunt, but beyond this there was no sign of life about him.
As a grunt was the only answer, Loveday got up and drew aside the curtains.
The causeway ran through it, a mere thread lipped by the darkling waves, and at the sight a grunt of relief broke from Badelon.
In the midst of their observations, Bounce broke the silence with a grunt.
Wild horses fled from us, and we heard the grunt of boar in the fern thickets.
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.
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.