verb (used without object)
to utter the deep, guttural sound characteristic of a hog.
to utter a similar sound.
to grumble, as in discontent.
verb (used with object)
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.
(intransitive) (esp of pigs and some other animals) to emit a low short gruff noise
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to express something gruffly: he 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
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.
cluck and grunt
noun 1. the yak.
/ˈɡrʌntəld/ adjective 1. (informal) happy or contented; satisfied
noun, Slang. 1. work that is repetitious, often physically exhausting, and boring. noun phrase Hard and/or tedious toil; bullwork, scut work: The machine will do the grunt work, filing, typing lists, comparing, sorting/ Congress returned to Washington and settled down for a month of grunt work/ Whereas Agassi’s every second of court time is grunt […]
[gruhp] /grʌp/ noun 1. (especially in marketing) an adult, usually over the age of 30, whose lifestyle, interests, and tastes are in some ways the same as those of much younger people: skateboards that appeal to grups and teenagers.