- a prolonged, low, inarticulate sound uttered from or as if from physical or mental suffering.
- any similar sound: the moan of the wind.
- complaint or lamentation.
- 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.
- to utter (something) inarticulately or pitifully, as if in lamentation: He moaned his response.
- to lament or bemoan: to moan one's fate.
Origin of moan
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Examples from the Web for moaned
“Basically the[re] is no money out there,” moaned one submitter.Barclays Settlement: The Worst of the Emails
July 5, 2012
"God give that that has not befallen her," moaned Professor Maxon.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
She rocked back and forth in her chair, and moaned a little to herself.Tiverton Tales
"I dunno what Jonathan'll do without that clock," moaned the old lady.Meadow Grass
She had moaned (as he expressed it) and since then had not been herself.Father Sergius
But Pete moaned and turned his head from side to side with his last strength.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- a low prolonged mournful sound expressive of suffering or pleading
- any similar mournful sound, esp that made by the wind
- a grumble or complaint
- 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)
Word Origin and History for moaned
c.1200, "lamentation, mourning, weeping; complaining, the expressing of complaints; a complaint; lover's complaint; accusation, charge," probably from an unrecorded Old English *man "complaint," related to Old English mænan "complain, moan," also "tell, intend, signify" (see mean (v.1)); but OED discounts this connection. Meaning "long, low inarticulate murmur from some prolonged pain" is first recorded 1670s, "with onomatopoeic suggestion" [OED].
mid-13c., "mourn (someone); regret, bewail;" c.1300, "to lament, grieve; utter moans;" probably from Old English *manan, related to mænan "to lament" (see moan (n.)). From 1724 as "to make a low, mournful sound." Related: Moaned; moaning.