oinking; oinks; oinked

An oink is the sound a pig makes. If you're on the hunt for your neighbor's run-away piglets, be sure to listen carefully for oinks.

In Japanese, pigs "buu," in German they "grunz," and in Swedish they "nöff." In English, however, we describe the sound pigs make as an oink and we say that when they make this noise, they oink. All of these words are imitative, each language's best imitation of the grunting-squeaking-squeal that's unique to our porcine pals.

Definitions of oink
  1. noun
    the short low gruff noise of the kind made by hogs
    synonyms: grunt
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  2. verb
    utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs
    synonyms: squeal
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
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