verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of groan
Examples from the Web for groaner
In that groaner, Burt is convinced he is going to die soon and sets about offing himself.
Mr. Groaner sighed with much feeling, and said she must not repine, adding in a comforting way that the world was full of sorrow.
A look of profound alarm came upon Mrs. Cinch's face, and she glanced at the Rev. Mr. Groaner.
Word Origin for groan
"one who complains," early 15c., agent noun from groan (v).
Old English granian "to groan, murmur, lament," from Proto-Germanic *grain- (cf. Old Norse grenja "to howl"), of imitative origin, or related to grin. Meaning "complain" is from early 13c., especially in Middle English phrase grutchen and gronen. Related: Groaned; groaning.
late 14c., from groan (v); earlier grane (early 14c.).