grunt

Part of speech: noun

A short, guttural sound, as of a hog.

Part of speech: verb

To utter as a grunt; emit a grunt; murmur; complain.

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Usage examples "grunt":

  1. We made friends with him at first by scratching his back with a stick, at which pleasant operation he would swell and grunt with satisfaction. - "A Little Brother to the Bear and other Animal Stories", William Long.
  2. He himself stood looking grimly on, every now and then seeming to grunt out a recommendation to the woman to restrain her indignation. - "A Hero of Romance", Richard Marsh.
  3. The old lawyer uttered a grunt. - "The Mynns' Mystery", George Manville Fenn.