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GRUNT, v.i. [L. grunnio; Heb. to cry out, to murmur.]
n. & v. --n. 1 a low guttural sound made by a pig. 2 a sound resembling this. 3 any fish of the genus Haemulon that grunts when caught. --v. 1 intr. (of a pig) make a grunt or grunts. 2 intr. (of a person) make a low inarticulate sound resembling this, esp. to express discontent, dissent, fatigue, etc. 3 tr. utter with a grunt. Etymology: OE grunnettan, prob. orig. imit.
Redmouth Red"mouth` (-mouth`), n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of marine food fishes of the genus Diabasis, or H[ae]mulon, of the Southern United States, having the inside of the mouth bright red. Called also flannelmouth, and grunt.
Grunt Grunt (gr[u^]nt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grunted; p. pr. & vb. n. Grunting.] [OE. grunten; akin to As. grunian, G. grunzen, Dan. grynte, Sw. grymta; all prob. of imitative; or perh. akin to E. groan.] To make a deep, short noise, as a hog; to utter a short groan or a deep guttural sound. Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life. --Shak. Grunting ox (Zo["o]l.), the yak.
Grunt Grunt, n. 1. A deep, guttural sound, as of a hog. 2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of American food fishes, of the genus H[ae]mulon, 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.
(grunts, grunting, grunted) 1. If you grunt, you make a low sound, especially because you are annoyed or not interested in something. The driver grunted, convinced that Michael was crazy... 'Rubbish,' I grunted... He grunted his thanks. VERB: V, V with quote, V n • Grunt is also a noun. Their replies were no more than grunts of acknowledgement. N-COUNT: oft N of n 2. When an animal grunts, it makes a low rough noise. ...the sound of a pig grunting. VERB: V
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