- 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 grunting
So here I am in my requisite Lululemon pants, grunting along to an old hip-hop song at a most ungodly hour.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Spall plays him brilliantly as a grumbling, grunting beast of a man whose sensitivity and kindness emerges slowly.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood
October 14, 2014
R immediately falls for Julie, who breathes life into him and even inspires the grunting mute to talk ... and stop eating brains.Nicholas Hoult on ‘Warm Bodies,’ ‘X-Men,’ Jennifer Lawrence & More
February 1, 2013
Wozniacki doesn't approve of grunting, but that didn't stop her from making noise.Tennis Ladies Who Grunt
June 23, 2011
Even compared with his personage in Casino Royale, the 007 of Quantum is basically a grunting eunuch.Has Bond Lost His Balls?
November 3, 2008
He shook his head, grunting, "Na—I don't know naught about t' shoals."Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Calendar waddled to the brink of the stage, grunting with relief.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I led off, and then in he came hitting with both hands, and grunting like a pig at every blow.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
He was staggering and grunting under the weight of a heavy metal box.Loot of the Void
Edwin K. Sloat
He had that trick of grunting so between his words and at the end of sentences.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
- (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 grunting
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.