- 1(Of an animal, especially a pig) make a low, short guttural sound: an enormous pig grunted and shuffled in a sty outsideMore example sentences
- 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 backMore example sentences
- 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.
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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 replyMore example sentences
- 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)]More example sentences
- 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 businessMore example sentences
- 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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- Family Pomadasyidae: numerous genera and species
- 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.
Old English grunnettan, of Germanic origin and related to German grunzen; probably originally imitative.
More definitions of gruntDefinition of grunt in:
- The US English dictionary