- 1[intransitive] (of animals, especially pigs) to make a short, low sound in the throat
- 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 had 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. Word Origin Old English grunnettan, of Germanic origin and related to German grunzen; probably originally imitative.Extra examples Grunting and groaning, they heaved the wardrobe up the stairs. He grunted in pain. He merely grunted at her and nodded his head. His father grunted at him as he left the room. She asked him a question and he grunted in reply. She stirred the soup, grunting with satisfaction. He pulled harder on the rope, grunting and groaning with the effort.
BrE BrE//ɡrʌnt//; NAmE NAmE//ɡrʌnt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grunt
BrE BrE//ɡrʌnt//; NAmE NAmE//ɡrʌnt//he / she / it grunts
BrE BrE//ɡrʌnts//; NAmE NAmE//ɡrʌnts//past simple grunted
BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌntɪd//past participle grunted
BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌntɪd//-ing form grunting
BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌntɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌntɪŋ//