- 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 grunted
Contemporary Examples of grunted
They grunted and swore under their breaths as they slumped back into their seats.The National-Security Diaper Scramble
April 25, 2013
Students moaned and grunted as they contorted their bodies into a succession of poses.Hilaria Thomas, Yoga Instructor (and the Next Mrs. Alec Baldwin)
May 22, 2012
Historical Examples of grunted
"It's all right to be wise after the race," grunted the fat man.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"I cannot spare the lamp," he grunted sulkily, with his foot already on the first step.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Blinky grunted mysteriously and fished in his pocket for some bills and silver.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
"Huh," grunted Peppajee doubtingly, his eyes turning to Phoebe.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
"Meaning that you know more about it than I do, I presume," grunted the old gentleman.The Gentleman From Indiana
- (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 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.