In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- As the chimpanzees fed, our research assistants heard gorillas grunting and moving about in the undergrowth below the tree, apparently feeding on fallen fruits.
- The gorilla grunted louder, but still did not move from its repose.
- The huge walrus made another grunt and then wobbled itself away from us and across the few feet of exposed rocks and slipped into the water.
- The large creatures were grunting and groaning, and their large, curved tusks flashed in the moonlight.
- Simon on the other hand is in love with cuddly toys, and also anything that chimes or makes a silly noise, especially cows mooing or pigs grunting.
- The animals, used to hiding in lakes, grunted and huddled together in the shade at the back corner of their pen.
- The large pig grunted, and belched, much to the disgust of the students.
- Even the horse grunted uneasily at her cold tone.
- And you'll not hear a pig grunting or a hen cackling in many farmyards today.
- Perhaps it was a bush pig that would grunt and snuffle away when it spotted her.
2(person) gruñir(person) dar un gruñido(person) lanzar un gruñido(person) (with effort) resoplar
- He ripped the sleeve of his shirt and tied the wound tight, again grunting with pain.
- It happens in the best of marriages when your partner asks you about your day and you just grunt or turn away - or vice versa.
- Normally she was grunting and complaining about one thing or another in her usual mocking tone.
- He grunted in acknowledgement and we began our search of the top floor.
- I tried to say something, but just grunted slightly.
- But now, in the woods, he shovels so ardently he is grunting.
- I grunt slightly in disgust at this display.
- Just like the last anniversary, I still strain and grunt to push out each infrequent update but ultimately it's still good fun.
- The adored child is gone, replaced by a hostile stranger who will only grunt, slam doors and stare blankly at the TV.
- I mentally grunted and tried hard to make my steps not sound so much like stomps as I made my way to the doors.
- The man only grunted again and turned away.
- I just grunted in response, not even bothering to look up.
- Her brother merely grunted in reply and rolled onto his other side, facing the wall.
- He just grunted but he got one out and handed it to me.
- She looked at him with an angered, annoyed face, and grunted under her breath.
- Unlike her brother, who merely grunted in response, she was wide awake.
- He grunted again, before slouching off to the counter to order some drinks.
- The first man grunted angrily and shifted his spear in his grasp.
- Every time you chose a certain piece of clothing, the man would grunt his assent.
- I kissed her on her cheek and all she could do was grunt.
1gruñircome here, —he grunted — ven aquí —dijo gruñendo / gruñó
1(of pig)gruñido masculino
- Their vocalisations range from low guttural contact grunts to alarm barks and screams.
- They form a sort of telegraphese, an abbreviated form of communication that may have more in common with the grunts of Neanderthals than the written language of modern humankind.
- The only sounds he heard were the crickets chirping, the manes and tails being swished about and the occasional grunts and snorts from the animals that occupy the stables.
- The next morning I awoke to the bellows, grunts and snorts of a dozen huge elephant seals wallowing on the black beach below the sleeping dongas (cargo containers).
- Most players these days seem to insist on vocalising a very unattractive sounding grunt whenever they hit the ball, as if in some way the making of this noise actually improves their performance.
- He could hear voices behind him, the low, guttural grunts of goblins or orcs.
- Her boyfriend Dave was reading the evening paper, emitting the occasional odd grunt.
- Indeed, the cyclists are treated as animals - the only noise they make is a series of equine whinnies, snorts, and grunts.
- They shifted their hefty soldier's packs on their backs with a few grunts.
- He has a particularly disagreeable grunt when he does not understand what you say, and desires a repetition.
- The fighting was still noiseless, like a macabre puppet show, save for the snarls and grunts of his companions.
- A hand grabbed his arm and he shook it loose, only turning to face his assailant when he heard a very definite female grunt.
- Only guttural grunts and surreal words-in-isolation issued from my brain and mouth while the record played.
- Hearing Jennifer's weak little grunts and moans every time she does something like open a door is also annoying: realistic though it may be, you don't hear the male heroes complaining.
- The crack of helmets smacking helmets and the grunts and groans all had a familiar ring.
- Sometimes it's just a grunt or two, a guttural sound akin to some sort of proto-speech.
- If your language consists of little more than guttural grunts and cherry pie, you can't be blamed for not getting it.
- She sighed after the original grunt at the unwanted physical contact and thought about how she couldn't stand him.
- With many sleepy grunts and yawns, the soldiers dressed, ate a hurried meal, then slowly formed ranks.
- As they came close to the end of the forest, grunts, shouts, and curses were heard.
2(of person)gruñido masculino(with effort) resoplido masculino
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