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

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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 At times, the book can groan a bit from Kleeman’s apparent dedication to research. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 At times, the book can groan a bit from Kleeman’s apparent dedication to research. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 At times, the book can groan a bit from Kleeman’s apparent dedication to research. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Chunky playbooks groan under the weight of protocols. New York Times, 28 July 2021 After all, grocery store shelves now groan with a universe of Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meats, oat milks and soy cheeses. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 At times, the book can groan a bit from Kleeman’s apparent dedication to research. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Many people in my life have sunnier dispositions or are perhaps less preoccupied by the abyss, and tend to groan when asked to sit through the Trilogy of Faith. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 12 July 2021 As much as Venetians groan at the huge tourist flows, the pandemic also revealed the extent to which the relationship is symbiotic. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021

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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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14 Sep 2021

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“Groan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groan. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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