Definitions

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  • n. A young pig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young hog.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young hog.

Etymologies

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grunt +‎ -ling?

Examples

  • “You just want the sow yourself, you greasy gruntling,” the soldier said, crowding next to us.

    Wildfire

  • And this I did, and had six hours more beside the pool; and once was wakened somewhat by the gruntling and bubbling noise of the water, that was made as the pool did fill time and again.

    The Night Land

  • "My sweet librarian gruntling, was that an attempt at sophistication?"

    Archive 2006-04-02

  • Like a great primeval monster in the lamplit darkness, growling and gruntling along, a huge, fantastic tortoise — like an embodiment of inexorable power.

    Swan Song

  • Somewhere I read that the word less metaphorically applied described happy pigs rooting and eating, gruntling contentedly, and “disgruntled” was formed against that.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The Oxford English Dictionary defines gruntle as “to grumble, murmur, complain,” and cites a 1589 sermon by Robert Bruce: “It becomes us not to have our hearts here gruntling upon this earth.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • I buy cheap and sell dear; another man may sell ye other things, but I enjoy my self; and thou dunghillraker, are thou yet gruntling, I'll make ye hereafter do it for somewhat.

    The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

  • Not to be outdone, his neighbors could be grouty and grump, glunch, grunch until they were worn out with gruntling.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 1

  • The OED as you quote offers a meaning of gruntling taken from Robert Bruce’s sermon about people who gruntle and complain.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • A curious gruntling noise the priest was making, not at all dissimilar to a certain domestic animal, and an expression slipped about his face that might conceivably be smiling—a transformation of his habitual austerity shocking as any of the day’s events.

    At Swim, Two Boys

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  • But trivet, you'll hurt pronk's feelings. ;-)

    February 26, 2008

  • Great minds think alike, trivet! *grunt grunt*. I am now officially in a good mood.

    February 26, 2008

  • This may be my new favorite word!

    February 26, 2008

  • a young pig

    February 26, 2008