• IPA: /ɡɹʌnt/

grunt (plural grunts)

  1. A short snorting sound, often to show disapproval, or used as a reply when one is reluctant to speak.
  2. The snorting cry of a pig.
  3. Any fish of the perciform family Haemulidae.
  4. A person who does ordinary and boring work.
  5. (United States Army and Marine Corps slang) An infantry soldier.
  6. (slang) The amount of power of which a vehicle is capable.
    • 1992, Autocar & Motor (volume 192, page 61)
      The engine might not possess quite as much grunt as the later 24v six, but it delivers invigorating performance […]
    • 2006, Torque (February 2006, page 56)
      With this much grunt, it is surprising that the engine is relatively quiet.
  7. (North American) A dessert of steamed berries and dough, usually blueberries; blueberry grunt.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Grunzen
  • Italian: grugnito
  • Portuguese: grunido
  • Russian: хрю́канье
  • German: Grunzer
Translations Translations Translations Verb

grunt (grunts, present participle grunting; past and past participle grunted)

  1. (intransitive, of a person) To make a grunt or grunts.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      to grunt and sweat under a weary life
  2. (intransitive, of a pig) To make a grunt or grunts.
  3. (intransitive, UK, slang) To break wind; to fart.
    Who just grunted?
  • German: grunzen
  • Portuguese: grunir
  • Russian: ворча́ть
  • Spanish: gruñir

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