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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 of grunt
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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  • "She's as obstinate as dad's old mu-el," grunted the disgusted boy.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • "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.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • "She's in her stateroom and he's talking through the door," grunted the skipper.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "Hope so," grunted his chum; and this was all that passed between them.

    Storm-Bound Alan Douglas
  • The pitching schooner groaned and grunted and squalled in all her fabric.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "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.

    Alarm Clock Everett B. Cole
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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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