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

When France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saved Belgium’s shot on goal, one viewer groaned audibly, twice: when the shot missed, and then again on the replay. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How watching the World Cup final might affect your health," 14 July 2018 Petro groaned later on Twitter, using the play on his last name used to describe his supporters. Washington Post, "Former guerrilla, young conservative vie to lead Colombia," 17 June 2018 The orchestra plays with extremes to create tension, setting high, twittering woodwinds against groaning brass. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Marnie’ Review: A Thief’s Secrets," 22 Oct. 2018 Their muscles ached, their lungs heaved, their bodies creaked and groaned. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Scores of guests have groaned about hosts who have canceled reservations at the last minute. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Booking With Airbnb? Here’s Your Survival Guide," 6 June 2018 My stomach is full to bursting, and one of my friends groans on the couch beside me. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter to The Fat Sandwich, New Jersey's Delicious (and Caloric) Claim to Fame," 1 Oct. 2018 These vehicles groan and creak and shudder in unsettling ways. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 People reported last year that Jonathan revealed who foots the bill on Brother vs. Brother, when there isn't yet a homeowner to groan over the expenses. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Jonathan Scott Reveals Who Pays for the Renovations on "Brother vs. Brother"," 23 May 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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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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