- 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 groaning
In the show, Sharp has Christopher rock back and forth, groaning, his hands over his ears.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
And before he went over to talk to them, he came over to my office, and he was moaning and groaning.What I'd Say to Lou Holtz
January 24, 2013
They listened with audible outrage, sighing and groaning in disbelief.The Chutzpah of Radovan Karadzic
October 17, 2012
I watched per plunge directly into the groaning, writhing horde.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
The nationalist gangs are sensing a greener-than-usual green light; the blogosphere is groaning with ethnic paranoia.Russia's Terror Panic Attack
April 3, 2010
It was a voice, groaning, yet it was not like a human voice.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The Citizen Morot could not hear the jokes nor distinguish the cause of the groaning.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Whenever the turnkey was coming he was groaning and moaning on the bed.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
I have forgotten to eat my bread for the voice of my groaning.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
However, I had no thought for any one but my patient, who was groaning most dreadfully.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- 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 groaning
Old English granung, verbal noun from groan (v.). From 16c.-19c., and in dialect, also "a woman's lying in."
late 14c., from groan (v); earlier grane (early 14c.).