ADJ. little | low | non-committal He gave a non-committal grunt in reply.
VERB + GRUNT give, let out | hear
PREP. with a ~ He lifted the heavy box with a grunt. | ~ of a grunt of pain > Note at SOUND
ADV. loudly | merely, only He merely grunted at her and nodded his head.
PREP. at His father grunted at him as he left the room. | in She asked him a question and he grunted in reply. He grunted in pain. | with She stirred the soup, grunting with satisfaction.
PHRASES grunt and groan Grunting and groaning, they heaved the wardrobe up the stairs.