groan

[ grohn ]
/ groʊn /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to utter or express with groans.

Nearby words

  1. grizzled,
  2. grizzling,
  3. grizzly,
  4. grizzly bear,
  5. gro.,
  6. groaner,
  7. groaning,
  8. groat,
  9. groats,
  10. grocer

Origin of groan

before 900; Middle English gronen, Old English grānian; cognate with German greinen to whine

SYNONYMS FOR groan
1. Groan, moan refer to sounds indicating deep suffering. A groan is a brief, strong, deep-throated sound emitted involuntarily under pressure of pain or suffering: The wounded man groaned when they lifted him. A moan is a prolonged, more or less continuous, low, inarticulate sound indicative of suffering, either physical or mental: She was moaning after the operation. She did not weep, but moaned softly.

Related formsgroan·er, noungroan·ing·ly, adverbun·der·groan, nounun·groan·ing, adjective

Can be confusedgroan grown (see synonym study at the current entry)

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British Dictionary definitions for groaning

groan

/ (ɡrəʊn) /

noun

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

verb

Derived Formsgroaning, noun, adjectivegroaningly, adverb

Word Origin for groan

Old English grānian; related to Old Norse grīna, Old High German grīnan; see grin

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