a pig
   Used among fisherman to avoid saying the word pig, there being a taboo arising from sickness on board caused by rotten pork:
    When Kate referred to a pig, she said grunter. (Cookson, 1969 — Kate was married to a mariner)
   See also furry thing.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.


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  • Grunter — Grunt er, n. 1. One who, or that which, grunts; specifically, a hog. Bristled grunters. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) One of several American marine fishes. See {Sea robin}, and {Grunt}, n., 2. [1913 Webster] 3. (Brass Founding) A hook… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grunter — [grunt′ər] n. [ME gruntare] 1. a person or animal that makes a grunting sound; esp., a hog 2. GRUNT (n. 2) …   English World dictionary

  • grunter — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grunter — /ˈgrʌntə/ (say gruntuh) noun 1. a pig. 2. any animal or person that grunts. 3. (plural grunter or grunters) any Australian freshwater fish that emits grunting noises as it respires, as the indigenous silver perch, Bidyanus bidyanus, or the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • grunter — paprastasis tigrinis ešerys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Terapon theraps angl. grunter; large scaled therapon; tigerfish rus. крупночешуйный терапон; обыкновенный терапон ryšiai: platesnis terminas …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • grunter — 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

  • grunter — noun see grunt I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grunter — /grun teuhr/, n. 1. a hog. 2. any animal or person that grunts. 3. grunt (def. 7). [1400 50; late ME; see GRUNT, ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • grunter — noun /ɡɽʌntə/ a) One who grunts. b) A group of fish of the family Terapontidae, which make a grunting sound when caught. Syn: tigerperch …   Wiktionary

  • grunter — n. person or animal which grunts; type of fish …   English contemporary dictionary

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