[ gruhnt ]
/ grʌnt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to express with a grunt.


Origin of grunt

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


grunt·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for grunt

/ (ɡrʌnt) /


(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

Derived forms of grunt

gruntingly, adverb

Word Origin for grunt

Old English grunnettan, probably of imitative origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn, grunni moaning, Latin grunnīre
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