Students moaned and grunted as they contorted their bodies into a succession of poses.
They grunted and swore under their breaths as they slumped back into their seats.
"She's as obstinate as dad's old mu-el," grunted the disgusted boy.
"Why don't you look where you are going," grunted Prickly Porky.
Yes,” grunted the Boer after puffing away; “he said it was very good, and that we were to go.
"She's in her stateroom and he's talking through the door," grunted the skipper.
"Hope so," grunted his chum; and this was all that passed between them.
The pitching schooner groaned and grunted and squalled in all her fabric.
"Yep," grunted Bunny, who was so interested in watching his father cross the grass plot that he did not feel like talking much.
He thought of his brief explosion, then grunted in self-ridicule.
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.