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Related to gruntingly: stridor
v. grunt·ed, grunt·ing, grunts
1. To utter a deep guttural sound, as a hog does.
2. To utter a sound similar to a grunt, as in disgust.
To utter or express with a deep guttural sound: He merely grunted his approval.
1. A deep guttural sound.
2. Any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes of the family Haemulidae that produce a grunting sound by rubbing together their pharyngeal teeth.
3. Slang An infantryman in the US military, especially in the Vietnam War: "They were called grunts....They were the infantrymen, the foot soldiers of the war" (Bernard Edelman).
4. Slang One who performs routine or mundane tasks.
5. New England A dessert made by stewing fruit topped with pieces of biscuit dough, which steam as the fruit cooks. Also called slump.
[Middle English grunten, from Old English grunnettan; probably akin to grunnian, to make a loud noise, grunt, of imitative origin.]
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