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moan

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noun \ˈmōn\

Simple Definition of moan

  • : a long, low sound that someone makes because of pain, unhappiness, or physical pleasure

  • : a long, low sound

  • : a complaint about something

Full Definition of moan

  1. 1 :  lamentation, complaint

  2. 2 :  a low prolonged sound of pain or of grief

Examples of moan

  1. She let out a long, deep moan.

  2. the moan of the wind

  3. the moan of the car's engine



Origin of moan

Middle English mone, from Old English *mān


First Known Use: 13th century


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moan

verb

Simple Definition of moan

  • : to make a long, low sound because of pain, unhappiness, or physical pleasure

  • : to express unhappiness about something

  • : to say (something) in a way that shows pain or unhappiness

Full Definition of moan

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bewail audibly :  lament

  3. 2 :  to utter with moans

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  lament, complain

  6. 2 a :  to make a moan :  groan b :  to emit a sound resembling a moan

moan·er play \ˈmō-nər\ noun

Examples of moan

  1. The wounded soldier moaned in pain.

  2. He moaned with pleasure as she rubbed his back.

  3. We were all moaning about the cold, rainy weather.

  4. He's always moaning about his salary.

  5. The children were moaning and groaning all morning, but their mother would not let them go outside.

  6. I'm tired of all his moaning and groaning about his salary.

  7. But I don't want to go, moaned the boy.

  8. The wind moaned in the trees.



14th Century

First Known Use of moan

14th century




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