What does grunt mean?

Definitions for grunt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grunt, oink(noun)

    the short low gruff noise of the kind made by hogs

  2. grunt(noun)

    an unskilled or low-ranking soldier or other worker

    "infantrymen in Vietnam were called grunts"; "he went from grunt to chairman in six years"

  3. grunt(verb)

    medium-sized tropical marine food fishes that utter grunting sounds when caught

  4. grunt(verb)

    issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise

    "He grunted his reluctant approval"


  1. grunt(Noun)

    A short, snorting sound, often to show disapproval, or used as a reply when one is reluctant to speak.

  2. grunt(Noun)

    The snorting cry of a pig.

  3. grunt(Noun)

    A family of Perciformes fish of the family Haemulidae

  4. grunt(Noun)

    An infantry soldier. (From the sound he presumably makes when shouldering a pack before starting a road march.)

  5. grunt(Verb)

    Of a person: To make a grunt or grunts.

  6. grunt(Verb)

    Of a pig: To make a grunt or grunts.

  7. Origin: grunten, from grunnettan, frequentive of grunian, from grunnōnan, from ghrun-. Akin to grunnezzen (Modern grunzen), Old grünte "to grunt".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grunt(verb)

    to make a deep, short noise, as a hog; to utter a short groan or a deep guttural sound

  2. Grunt(noun)

    a deep, guttural sound, as of a hog

  3. Grunt(noun)

    any one of several species of American food fishes, of the genus Haemulon, allied to the snappers, as, the black grunt (A. Plumieri), and the redmouth grunt (H. aurolineatus), of the Southern United States; -- also applied to allied species of the genera Pomadasys, Orthopristis, and Pristopoma. Called also pigfish, squirrel fish, and grunter; -- so called from the noise it makes when taken

  4. Origin: [OE. grunten; akin to As. grunian, G. grunzen, Dan. grynte, Sw. grymta; all prob. of imitative; or perh. akin to E. groan.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grunt

    grunt, v.i. to make a sound like a pig: to utter guttural sounds.—n. a short, guttural sound, as of a hog.—ns. Grunt′er; Grunt′ing.—adv. Grunt′ingly. [M. E. grunten—A.S. grunian; cf. Ger. grunzen, L. grunnīre; all imit.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Grunt

    Verb: to deficate

    I have to go to bathroom and grunt.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 20, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grunt in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grunt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of grunt in a Sentence

  1. Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder:

    It's not without risk, (But) we'll put the grunt of Wesfarmers behind it.

  2. William Osler:

    Look wise say nothing and grunt, speech was given to conceal thought.

  3. William Osler:

    Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    To be, or not to be that is the question Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them To die to sleep No more and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to,--'t is a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep To sleep perchance to dream ay, there's the rub For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of Thus conscience does make cowards of us all And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.

  5. Rachel Bien:

    Many of the most abusive internships involving low-level tasks and grunt-type work are plainly illegal under this standard.

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  • الناخرArabic
  • fnyse, grynte, fodtusse, fnys, gryntDanish
  • grunzen, GrunzerGerman
  • γρυλλισμόςGreek
  • gruñido, gruñirSpanish
  • murista, röhkäistä, murahdus, röhkäisy, murahtaa, röhkiä, murisija, nurmiporaFinnish
  • grognement, bidasse, troufion, grognerFrench
  • असंतोष का Hindi
  • röfögés, morog, röfög, felmordulHungarian
  • gruno, grunarIdo
  • grugnito, grugnireItalian
  • gruntLatin
  • ngengere, ngō, ngunguru, whēnanau, kumukumuMāori
  • knor, grom, knorrenDutch
  • grunhidoPortuguese
  • ворча́ние, ворча́ть, бурча́ть, бурча́ние, хрю́канье, хрю́катьRussian
  • homurtu, homurdanmaTurkish
  • 咕嚕Chinese

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