Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

moan

[mohn]
See more synonyms for moan on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a prolonged, low, inarticulate sound uttered from or as if from physical or mental suffering.
  2. any similar sound: the moan of the wind.
  3. complaint or lamentation.
Show More
verb (used without object)
  1. to utter moans, as of pain or grief.
  2. (of the wind, sea, trees, etc.) to make any sound suggestive of such moans: The wind moaned through the trees.
Show More
verb (used with object)
  1. to utter (something) inarticulately or pitifully, as if in lamentation: He moaned his response.
  2. to lament or bemoan: to moan one's fate.
Show More

Origin of moan

1175–1225; Middle English mone, man(e) (noun), Old English *mān, inferred from its derivative mǣnan to mourn
Related formsmoan·ful, adjectivemoan·ful·ly, adverbmoan·ing·ly, adverbun·moaned, adjectiveun·moan·ing, adjective

Synonyms

See more synonyms for moan on Thesaurus.com
1. See groan. 4. grieve. 4, 7. mourn. 7. deplore.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for moaned

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • "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

    Alice Brown

  • "I dunno what Jonathan'll do without that clock," moaned the old lady.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • She had moaned (as he expressed it) and since then had not been herself.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • But Pete moaned and turned his head from side to side with his last strength.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter


British Dictionary definitions for moaned

moan

noun
  1. a low prolonged mournful sound expressive of suffering or pleading
  2. any similar mournful sound, esp that made by the wind
  3. a grumble or complaint
Show More
verb
  1. to utter (words) in a low mournful manner
  2. (intr) to make a sound like a moan
  3. (usually intr) to grumble or complain (esp in the phrase moan and groan)
Show More
Derived Formsmoaner, nounmoanful, adjectivemoaning, noun, adjectivemoaningly, adverb

Word Origin

C13: related to Old English mǣnan to grieve over
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for moaned

moan

n.

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].

Show More

moan

v.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper