- to utter the deep, guttural sound characteristic of a hog.
- to utter a similar sound.
- to grumble, as in discontent.
- 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.
Origin of grunt
Examples from the Web for grunt
The grunt takes a hard look at our interpreter, rotates his M16 and opens the vehicle door, motioning for us to get out.
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.Crime Fighter’s Dilemma: My Country or My Family?
April 21, 2014
Fortunately, the Food Sense App for the iPhone does the grunt work for you.3 Ways to Track Your Food and Feel Healthy
January 28, 2014
Piggy, saying nothing, with no time for even a grunt, traveled through the air sideways from the rock, turning over as he went.Come On, ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Can Handle More Violence
November 29, 2013
The three gave Andy a look and a grunt, but otherwise they paid no attention to him.
There was a brief shifting of eyes toward him, and a grunt from Jeff; that was all.
He did not speak, but he made an inarticulate noise between a grunt and a sniff.Quaint Courtships
Mr Verloc, after a grunt of disapproving surprise, returned to the sofa.The Secret Agent
The grunt of the human hog (Pignoramus intolerabilis) with an audible memory.The Devil's Dictionary
- (intr) (esp of pigs and some other animals) to emit a low short gruff noise
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to express something grufflyhe grunted his answer
- the characteristic low short gruff noise of pigs, etc, or a similar sound, as of disgust
- any of various mainly tropical marine sciaenid fishes, such as Haemulon macrostomum (Spanish grunt), that utter a grunting sound when caught
- US slang an infantry soldier or US Marine, esp in the Vietnam War
Word Origin and History for grunt
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.