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Definition of "grunt" []

  • To utter a deep guttural sound, as a hog does. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter a sound similar to a grunt, as in disgust. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter or express with a deep guttural sound: He merely grunted his approval. (verb-transitive)
  • A deep guttural sound. (noun)
  • Any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes of the family Haemulidae that, upon removal from the water, produce grunting sounds by rubbing together tooth plates in the throat. (noun)
  • (esp of pigs and some other animals) to emit a low short gruff noise (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To express something gruffly (verb)
  • The characteristic low short gruff noise of pigs, etc, or a similar sound, as of disgust (noun)
  • Any of various mainly tropical marine sciaenid fishes, such as Haemulon macrostomum (Spanish grunt), that utter a grunting sound when caught (noun)
  • An infantry soldier or US Marine, esp in the Vietnam War (noun)

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Use "grunt" in a sentence
  • "Since you say you excel at conceptual tasks, I challenge you to see if you can develop a more creative and/or stream-lined approach to what you call the grunt work."
  • "Since his mother's death he'd gotten into the habit of grunting, if a grunt is what you'd call it."
  • "After i finish a rattling sequence i again grunt a couple more times, sometimes adding a "put put put"."