groan

verb
\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce groan (audio) \
groaned; groaning; groans

Definition of groan

intransitive verb

1 : to utter a deep moan indicative of pain, grief, or annoyance groaned when she saw the bill
2 : to make a harsh sound (as of creaking) under sudden or prolonged strain The chair groaned under his weight.

transitive verb

: to utter or express with groaning groaned their despair

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Other Words from groan

groan noun

Synonyms for groan

Synonyms

moan, wail

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Examples of groan in a Sentence

The wounded man groaned in pain. She groaned when she saw the bill. “Oh, no,” she groaned, “I'm going to have to start all over.” She groaned that she would have to start all over. Merchants are groaning over slow holiday sales. He's always moaning and groaning about his salary. The chair groaned under his weight.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Beneath the shrine, men grinned and groaned and heaved; the gravel at their feet grew dark with sweat. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 Except the regulated rates of California utilities are already groaning under wind and solar mandates. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "California Burns for Better Leaders," 15 Jan. 2019 Your shelves are groaning with enough books to last you for a dozen desert islands. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Tidy the F*ck Up: A Conversation With Messie Condo," 17 June 2019 There’s a lot of moaning and groaning, hailing and railing since the Legislature adopted a $45 billion capital spending plan. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: If state is doling out ‘free’ money, we want our share," 12 June 2019 Servers passed her Afghan specialty on ceramic trays while her newfound fans groaned with each bite. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: At this L.A. supper club, refugees share food and memories of the lives they left behind," 31 May 2019 The economy is groaning under the weight of government, corporate, and household debt. Therese Shaheen, National Review, "China’s ‘New Long March’," 5 June 2019 When Apple announced the $999 price tag, the developers in the #WWDC19 audience groaned. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Apple's top Mac Pro computer costs more than the average car," 4 June 2019 But Houston challenged the call and after a review, Chirinos was ruled safe (the crowd groaned in the realization of that fact as the replay was shown in the stadium). Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Mariners keep home run streak alive but two Houston grand slams too much to overcome," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of groan

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for groan

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

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The first known use of groan was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for groan

groan

verb

English Language Learners 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

groan

verb
\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce groan (audio) \
groaned; groaning

Kids Definition of groan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or say with a moan “Not a test,” she groaned.
2 : to creak under a strain The stairs groaned under his weight.

groan

noun

Kids Definition of groan (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low moaning sound

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