verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of grunt
Examples from the Web for grunted
They grunted and swore under their breaths as they slumped back into their seats.
Students moaned and grunted as they contorted their bodies into a succession of poses.Hilaria Thomas, Yoga Instructor (and the Next Mrs. Alec Baldwin)|Lizzie Crocker|May 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Id just as soon see a snake coming, grunted the foreman as he recognized the visitor as Hal Titzell, the cattle buyer.Slim Evans and his Horse Lightning|Graham M. Dean
"Probably getting into my second childhood," Colonel Hampton grunted.Dearest|Henry Beam Piper
"Ta' my boots off," he grunted, trying to reach his feet and overbalancing.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
I had read it through and grunted my approval, yet M. Jupille did not go.The Ink-Stain, Complete|Rene Bazin
Slade grunted contemptuously and spurred his horse into a gallop.Bloom of Cactus|Robert Ames Bennet
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.