groan

verb \ ˈgrōn \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

groan

noun

Examples of groan in a Sentence

  1. The wounded man groaned in pain.

  2. She groaned when she saw the bill.

  3. “Oh, no,” she groaned, “I'm going to have to start all over.”

  4. She groaned that she would have to start all over.

  5. Merchants are groaning over slow holiday sales.

  6. He's always moaning and groaning about his salary.

  7. The chair groaned under his weight.

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Origin and Etymology of groan

Middle English gronen, from Old English grānian; akin to Old High German grīnan to growl


GROAN Defined for English Language Learners

groan

verb

Definition of groan for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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groan

verb \ ˈgrōn \

Definition of groan for Students

groaned; groaning
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.

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groan

noun

Definition of groan for Students

: a low moaning sound


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