Grunt 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 ({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. [1913 Webster]

3. A U. S. infantryman; -- used especially of those fighting in the war in Vietnam. [slang] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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