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

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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 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, "The Walking Dead Recap: Game Night," 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, "Theme park fans are re-creating rides at home, with tennis balls and pets as special effects," 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, "‘You Can’t Fake Those Kind of Skills’: Pete Buttigieg’s Charisma Test," 1 Feb. 2020 Both of their roles rely on interaction with Magic Kingdom guests and on groaner-level dad jokes. Dewayne Bevil,, "Spiel appeal: Two Disney World cast members named top skippers," 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, "'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' lacks ambition of the original," 28 June 2018 Despite such groaners, Lederer, who turned 80 Saturday, was honored by Mensa at a dinner Friday evening. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Brain bros and sapient sisters! Mensa may be for you," 26 May 2018 And sorry for the groaner, but part of the problem was reliever Aaron Bummer issuing a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded. Teddy Greenstein,, "Rick Renteria trying to keep negativity, anger from White Sox clubhouse," 12 May 2018 The animation is foolproof in its combination of ingenuity and obviousness, and the script obliterates the difference between a laugher and a groaner. A.o. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Early Man’ Is a Very Funny Trip to the Past," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of groaner

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Mar 2021

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“Groaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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