- a low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief: the groans of dying soldiers.
- a deep, inarticulate sound uttered in derision, disapproval, desire, etc.
- a deep grating or creaking sound due to a sudden or continued overburdening, as with a great weight: We heard the groan of the ropes as the crane lowered the heavy cargo into the ship's hold.
- to utter a deep, mournful sound expressive of pain or grief.
- to make a deep, inarticulate sound expressive of derision, disapproval, desire, etc.
- to make a sound resembling a groan; resound harshly: The steps of the old house groaned under my weight.
- to be overburdened or overloaded.
- to suffer greatly or lamentably: groaning under an intolerable burden.
- to utter or express with groans.
Origin of groan
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Examples from the Web for groan
Immediately following the groan of disappointment, a conspiracy of silence began.Banning Kahane Google App Won't Work
July 2, 2013
Copper mining is the most toxic form of metal mining in the United States, but you can only moan and groan about it so much.Copper, the Metal That Runs the World: ‘Boom, Bust, Boom,’ by Bill Carter
October 26, 2012
I've been going by this billboard almost daily for the best part of a month, and it still makes me laugh, and groan.The Prozac Costs Extra
April 30, 2012
Sure, if Romney finishes below 40 percent the media will moan and groan that he failed to meet expectations.Will New Hampshire’s Primary Matter in the 2012 GOP Nomination Battle?
January 10, 2012
When we hear a groan in the audience we know we did something right, because they get it.Glenn Beck’s ‘Daily Show’ Is the Right’s Latest Bid at Funny
November 22, 2011
A groan of distress burst from him, and he fled the place in ignominious rout.Within the Law
When Joggi got thus far in his story, he began to cry and groan, and would not be pacified.Rico and Wiseli
I flung it upon the floor with a curse and threw myself back on my bed with a groan.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
He was afraid to open his lips lest a groan should escape him.The Secret Agent
I was resolved that I would not be subdued, and that the world should not hear me groan.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- a prolonged stressed dull cry expressive of agony, pain, or disapproval
- a loud harsh creaking sound, as of a tree bending in the wind
- informal a grumble or complaint, esp a persistent one
- to utter (low inarticulate sounds) expressive of pain, grief, disapproval, etcthey all groaned at Larry's puns
- (intr) to make a sound like a groan
- (intr, usually foll by beneath or under) to be weighed down (by) or suffer greatly (under)the country groaned under the dictator's rule
- (intr) informal to complain or grumble
Word Origin and History for groan
late 14c., from groan (v); earlier grane (early 14c.).