groan

verb
\ˈgrōn \
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

The ball ricocheted off the top bar and Viola groaned, along with the rest of the crowd. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Soccer fans gather at Nomad Nacional to drink beer, do yoga and watch the World Cup," 16 June 2018 Instead the ball dribbled into the middle of the net, and the crowd groaned. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Cheering John McEnroe in Paris Never Gets Old," 9 June 2018 The zocalo seemed to cheer, groan and hold its collective breath like a single massive organism as each side had its chances in the opening moments. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018 The fans cheered as the attendants pulled at the tarp, only to groan when the grounds crew used it to cover the mound once more. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers rained out, will play doubleheader; Clayton Kershaw could return this weekend," 18 June 2018 Turkish companies groan under the weight of foreign debt amounting to some $300bn, more than a third of GDP. The Economist, "Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan," 14 June 2018 Then one of the laptops crashed; its human component, a graduate student named Juan Sierra, groans loudly. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Aural Magic of Stanford's Laptop Orchestra," 8 June 2018 If that leads to them taking a right tackle over a wide receiver this year, as fans groan and boo, so be it. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Stakes are high for Ravens as Ozzie Newsome prepares to run his last draft as GM," 20 Apr. 2018 At one point, a friendly police officer tried to lift it for kicks and groaned audibly. Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, "I Delivered Packages for Amazon and It Was a Nightmare," 25 June 2018

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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 \
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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