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Definition of grunt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grunt
    he / she / it grunts
    past simple grunted
    -ing form grunting
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of animals, especially pigs) to make a short low sound in the throat
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (of people) to make a short low sound in your throat, especially to show that you are in pain, annoyed, or not interested; to say something using this sound He pulled harder on the rope, grunting with the effort. When I told her what happened, she just grunted and turned back to her book. grunt something He grunted something about being late and rushed out. + speech “Thanks,” he grunted.
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