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moan

[ mohn ]
/ moʊn /
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noun

verb (used without object)

to utter moans, as of pain or grief.
(of the wind, sea, trees, etc.) to make any sound suggestive of such moans: The wind moaned through the trees.

verb (used with object)

to utter (something) inarticulately or pitifully, as if in lamentation: He moaned his response.
to lament or bemoan: to moan one's fate.

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Origin of moan

1175–1225; Middle English mone, man(e) (noun), Old English mān, unattested but inferred from its derivative mǣnan “to mourn”

synonym study for moan

1. See groan.

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British Dictionary definitions for moan

moan
/ (məʊn) /

noun

a low prolonged mournful sound expressive of suffering or pleading
any similar mournful sound, esp that made by the wind
a grumble or complaint

verb

to utter (words) in a low mournful manner
(intr) to make a sound like a moan
(usually intr) to grumble or complain (esp in the phrase moan and groan)

Derived forms of moan

moaner, nounmoanful, adjectivemoaning, noun, adjectivemoaningly, adverb

Word Origin for moan

C13: related to Old English mǣnan to grieve over
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