- 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
Synonyms for groan
Examples from the Web for groaner
Contemporary Examples of groaner
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Historical Examples of groaner
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.
- a person or thing that groans
- informal an bad or corny joke or pun
- 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 for groan
"one who complains," early 15c., agent noun from groan (v).
late 14c., from groan (v); earlier grane (early 14c.).