groan·​er ˈgrō-nər How to pronounce groaner (audio)
: one that groans
: 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 only possible groaner, a joke about school shootings, clearly worked with the improv audience but, Wood reasoned, needed to come later in Saturday’s set, once the audience had grown to trust him a bit. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, 1 May 2023 Evidently the authors — and the director, Jack O’Brien — meant to glue the show together with groaners, a gutsy if not entirely successful move. Jesse Green, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2023 The pointillistic eclecticism of @NYT_first_said does tend to highlight the linguistic extremes—the novelties and the gags and the groaners. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2023 White’s favorite joke is an all-time groaner. Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Dec. 2021 Sometimes that’s with a good old groaner. al, 7 Mar. 2021 There's already been some on-track action, but the first big groaner for the GTP class happens to BMW, when the No. 25 car comes to a halt on the track, sort of half in, half out of the exit. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 30 Jan. 2023 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of groaner was in 1795

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“Groaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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