1 intr (esp. of pigs and some other animals) to emit a low short gruff noise
2 when tr, may take a clause as object to express something gruffly
he grunted his answer
3 the characteristic low short gruff noise of pigs, etc., or a similar sound, as of disgust
4 any of various mainly tropical marine sciaenid fishes, such as Haemulon macrostomum (Spanish grunt), that utter a grunting sound when caught
slang an infantry soldier or U.S. marine, esp. in the Vietnam War
(Old English grunnettan, probably of imitative origin; compare Old High German grunnizon, grunni moaning, Latin grunnire)
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