\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce groan (audio) \
groaned; groaning; groans

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

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groan noun

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Examples of groan in a Sentence

The wounded man groaned in pain. She groaned when she saw the bill. “Oh, no,” she groaned, “I'm going to have to start all over.” She groaned that she would have to start all over. Merchants are groaning over slow holiday sales. He's always moaning and groaning about his salary. The chair groaned under his weight.
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Recent Examples on the Web About 90% of the group’s 800 employees were furloughed just as Oregon’s creaky unemployment system began to groan under the weight of tens of thousands of new applications, many from the hospitality industry. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2021 Dodgers over Braves – An epic seven-game series closes with Mookie Betts making a spectacular catch as Red Sox fans groan., 25 Mar. 2021 While most would groan about selecting a SAM LB on one of the first two days of the draft, Browning’s coverage ability gives him nickel viability as well. John Owning, Dallas News, 1 Feb. 2021 Those on the Left also groan about past attempts from Democrats to work across the aisle with Republicans in an attempt to get their signoff on their major policy preferences. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, 18 Jan. 2021 Sure enough, Hanks' haircut did cause the studio audience to groan in sympathy. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2020 The glass-is-half-empty crowd will groan the price for Snell could be too high, surrendering pitching prospects Luis Patiño (ranked No. 3 in organization) and Cole Wilcox (No. 7), along with raw power-hitting catcher Blake Hunt (No. 14). Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Dec. 2020 The Fork, where boards groan under bread and crackers, dollops of chutney, and fat wedges of creamy, blue-veined cheese. Angela Decenzo, Travel, 11 Dec. 2020 Oh, don’t groan; DuVall herself has also dropped a pun or two about her film. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of groan

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for groan

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

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The first known use of groan was before the 12th century

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“Groan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of groan

: 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


\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce groan (audio) \
groaned; groaning

Kids Definition of groan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of groan (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low moaning sound

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