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groan

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verb \ˈgrōn\

Simple Definition of groan

  • : to make a deep sound because of pain or some strong emotion (such as grief or disappointment)

  • : to say (something that expresses annoyance or unhappiness)

  • : to complain about something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of groan

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter a deep moan indicative of pain, grief, or annoyance

  3. 2 :  to make a harsh sound (as of creaking) under sudden or prolonged strain

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to utter or express with groaning

groan

noun

Examples of groan in a sentence

  1. The wounded man groaned in pain.

  2. She groaned when she saw the bill.

  3. Oh, no, she groaned, I'm going to have to start all over.

  4. She groaned that she would have to start all over.

  5. Merchants are groaning over slow holiday sales.

  6. He's always moaning and groaning about his salary.

  7. The chair groaned under his weight.



Origin and Etymology of groan

Middle English gronen, from Old English grānian; akin to Old High German grīnan to growl


First Known Use: before 12th century


GROAN Defined for Kids

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groan

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verb \ˈgrōn\

Definition of groan for Students

groaned

groaning

  1. 1 :  to make or say with a moan <“Not a test,” she groaned.>

  2. 2 :  to creak under a strain <The stairs groaned under his weight.>




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Definition of groan for Students

  1. :  a low moaning sound





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