grunt

grunt
n
American
1.
a soldier, an army private. A deroga-tory term sometimes used ironically by the soldiers themselves, deriving from the supposedly low intelligence and pre-dilection for grumbling of the humble enlisted man or conscript.
► 'The grunts were conscious that they were involved in a drug-and-rock 'n' roll extension. Most of the combatants, black and white, came from the working class.' (Michael Herr, Observer, 15 January 1989)
2.
power. The term is used particularly by car enthusiasts to refer to engine power.
► 'The engine size has gone up from 3.4 to 3.6 so there's plenty of grunt.' (Top Gear, BBC 2 TV motoring series, 13 February 1997)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • grunt — [grunt] vi. [ME grunten < OE grunnettan (akin to Ger grunzen), freq. of grunian, to grunt < IE * gru , echoic > L grunnire] 1. to make the short, deep, hoarse sound of a hog 2. to make a sound like this, as in annoyance, contempt, effort …   English World dictionary

  • Grunt — may refer to:* a deep guttural sound ** death grunt, the death metal singing style * slang for an infantryman * fish of the family Haemulidae * Grunt sculpin, the only member of the fish family Rhamphocottidae * Grunt (G.I. Joe), an infantryman… …   Wikipedia

  • Grunt — (gr[u^]nt), n. 1. A deep, guttural sound, as of a hog. [1913 Webster] 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grunt — grunt·er; grunt·ling; grunt; grunt·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grunt|er — «GRUHN tuhr», noun. 1. a person or animal that grunts, especially a hog. 2. = grunt (def. 3). (Cf. ↑grunt) …   Useful english dictionary

  • grunt — inter. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} spec. nel linguaggio dei fumetti, esprime disappunto, rabbia repressa e sim.; anche s.m.inv {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: sec. XX. ETIMO: der. di (to) grunt grugnire …   Dizionario italiano

  • grunt — grȕnt m <N mn grùntovi> DEFINICIJA reg. zemljišna parcela; posjed [grunt pogodan za gradnju] ETIMOLOGIJA njem. Grund …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • grunt to — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}{coś} pot. {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} z naciskiem: coś jest najważniejsze, podstawowe, zasadnicze : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Grunt to dobre samopoczucie. {{/stl 10}} …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • grunt — ► VERB 1) (of an animal, especially a pig) make a low, short guttural sound. 2) make a low inarticulate sound to express effort or indicate assent. ► NOUN 1) a grunting sound. 2) informal, chiefly N. Amer. a low ranking soldier or worker.… …   English terms dictionary

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