groan·​er | \ ˈgrō-nər How to pronounce groaner (audio) \

Definition of groaner

1 : one that groans
2 : a stale or corny joke, observation, or story

Examples of groaner in a Sentence

the play's dialogue featured all of the groaners that seem to be de rigueur for any dysfunctional-family drama
Recent Examples on the Web The premise for this TV One comedy is a groaner: A woman who followed in the footsteps of her mother and had a child at 16 will go to silly lengths to keep her 16-year-old daughter from doing the same. Dawn Burkes, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Scott performs on the track like a bizarro Young Thug, incapable of wringing any enthusiasm out of his voice, and delivers some egregious groaner punchlines, while Drake continues to burrow into narcissism. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2021 The rest of them head up and over the train, save for Maggie, who ends up with a leg in the grasp of a groaner. Richard Rys, Vulture, 15 Aug. 2021 At a convenience store mobbed with zombies, Gabe finds a sad sight on the roof — two more corpses locked in eternal embrace, and a groaner tied up nearby. Richard Rys, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2021 This remake of the cruise takes place on a paddleboard and doesn’t scrimp on the groaners. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2020 No presidential campaign is spared its awkward moments: overlong hugs from supporters, groaners about the Iowa weather, white lies about the caliber of the local cuisine. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2020 Both of their roles rely on interaction with Magic Kingdom guests and on groaner-level dad jokes. Dewayne Bevil,, 6 Nov. 2019 That line, by the way, is a groaner, one of a couple provided by the usually outstanding Taylor Sheridan, who returns as screenwriter. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, 28 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of groaner

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Groaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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