verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of groan
Examples from the Web for groaning
In the show, Sharp has Christopher rock back and forth, groaning, his hands over his ears.
And before he went over to talk to them, he came over to my office, and he was moaning and groaning.
They listened with audible outrage, sighing and groaning in disbelief.
I watched per plunge directly into the groaning, writhing horde.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The nationalist gangs are sensing a greener-than-usual green light; the blogosphere is groaning with ethnic paranoia.
It was packed with all the worst cases—dying and bleeding and groaning.
Would I see the kingdom of God set up in our groaning world; and would I like to fix a day for its commencement?A Lamp to the Path|W. K. Tweedie
The Duke walked into his sitting-room, where Hume found him groaning, and standing by the chimney-piece.The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)|Charles C. F. Greville
At the transparency the rival crowds were cheering or groaning according to the news that came.The Candidate|Joseph Alexander Altsheler
But he was restless all night, turning from one side to the other, and groaning.Yiddish Tales|Various
Word Origin for groan
Old English granung, verbal noun from groan (v.). From 16c.-19c., and in dialect, also "a woman's lying in."
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.).