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

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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 That was a groaner, but not the only one, as Barrett double-pumped and receivers weren't quite open and, frankly, Indiana was showing off the passing game Ohio State fans were looking for. Doug Lesmerises,, "Was Ohio State's passing offense national championship-caliber? Doug Lesmerises," 1 Sep. 2017 Spaulding — and wringing every last guilty laugh out of a series of groaner gags — plays a big part in keeping the show as together as possible. James Hebert,, "Cygnet's 'Animal Crackers' takes silly to the extreme," 9 July 2017 And like the pun itself, the song is a bit of a groaner. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Dan Fogelberg, ‘Same Old Lang Syne’," 14 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of groaner

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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