Definition of grunt in English:

grunt

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Pronunciation: /ɡrʌnt
 
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verb

[no object]
1(Of an animal, especially a pig) make a low, short guttural sound: an enormous pig grunted and shuffled in a sty outside
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  • Simon on the other hand is in love with cuddly toys, and also anything that chimes or makes a silly noise, especially cows mooing or pigs grunting.
  • And you'll not hear a pig grunting or a hen cackling in many farmyards today.
  • The large creatures were grunting and groaning, and their large, curved tusks flashed in the moonlight.
1.1(Of a person) make a low inarticulate sound, typically to express effort or indicate assent: the men cursed and grunted as they lassoed the steer [with direct speech]: ‘What is it?’ he grunted irritably [with object]: he grunted his approval and then walked back
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  • I mentally grunted and tried hard to make my steps not sound so much like stomps as I made my way to the doors.
  • But now, in the woods, he shovels so ardently he is grunting.
  • Normally she was grunting and complaining about one thing or another in her usual mocking tone.

noun

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1A low, short guttural sound made by an animal or a person: with snorts and grunts the animals were coaxed down the ramp he answered with a grunt and made no further reply
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  • If your language consists of little more than guttural grunts and cherry pie, you can't be blamed for not getting it.
  • Their vocalisations range from low guttural contact grunts to alarm barks and screams.
  • He could hear voices behind him, the low, guttural grunts of goblins or orcs.
2North American informal A low-ranking soldier or unskilled worker: he went from grunt to senior executive vice president in five years
[alteration of ground, from ground man (with reference to unskilled railway work before progressing to lineman)]
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  • It's a sad fact that money doesn't exactly leak down to the actual grunt workers.
  • On the other hand, I've been a jack-squat soldier surrounded by grunts more times than you could imagine.
  • An infantryman who can't handle the stress of combat is liable to get himself, and some of his fellow grunts, killed in combat.
3 [mass noun] British informal Mechanical power, especially in a motor vehicle: what the big wagon needs is grunt, and the turbo does the business
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  • Possibly another reason was that US drivers don't like to change down so much and prefer mid-range grunt to a lower gear.
  • The three classes have varying degrees of grunt and power and a new points scoring system will be in force to help decide one champion for each of the three classes.
  • There is real grunt in every gear and sending the revs soaring towards the red line before snatching the next ratio is to indulge in an act of pure ecstasy.
4An edible shoaling fish of tropical coasts and coral reefs, able to make a loud noise by grinding its teeth and amplifying the sound in the swim bladder.
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  • There were plenty of fish: blue-striped grunts, moray eels, butterflyfish, bright yellow trumpetfish and multi-coloured wrasse.
  • It is nonetheless a beautiful shallow reef with huge areas of elk and staghorn coral sheltering shoals of grunt, snapper and goatfish.
  • Golden eye or yellowtail grunts, chubs or scads would move unhurriedly across, changing direction with uncanny synchronisation.

Origin

Old English grunnettan, of Germanic origin and related to German grunzen; probably originally imitative.

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