moan

noun
\ˈmōn \

Definition of moan 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lamentation, complaint … made a great moan if he had to work …— D. H. Lawrence

2 : a low prolonged sound of pain or of grief a moan of distress

moan

verb
moaned; moaning; moans

Definition of moan (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bewail audibly : lament

2 : to utter with moans

intransitive verb

2a : to make a moan : groan

b : to emit a sound resembling a moan the wind moaned in the trees

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Other Words from moan

Verb

moaner \ˈmō-nər \ noun

Examples of moan in a Sentence

Noun

She let out a long, deep moan. the moan of the wind the moan of the car's engine

Verb

The wounded soldier moaned in pain. He moaned with pleasure as she rubbed his back. We were all moaning about the cold, rainy weather. He's always moaning about his salary. The children were moaning and groaning all morning, but their mother would not let them go outside. I'm tired of all his moaning and groaning about his salary. “But I don't want to go,” moaned the boy. The wind moaned in the trees.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are more sophisticated CVTs (by Nissan and Toyota) that do a better job of delivering power without the unappealing moan of motorboating. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 There is often a meditative moan at the core of much contemporary Christian rock, but rarely is there a real growl. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Grammy Gems You Won’t Hear on ‘Music’s Biggest Night’," 26 Jan. 2018 If Colorado State’s forecast holds true, another busy season could draw a collective moan from South Florida and the Caribbean after a punishing 2017 season. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "How busy will hurricane season be in 2018? This forecast has good news and bad news | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 For the encore of the CD’s title track, Coulter sat in with the rest, using bow and mallet to make the tool’s bendable metal produce a panoply of eerie moans and fierce pings. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kronos Festival is an eclectic treat," 28 Apr. 2018 My roommates, a couple probably/hopefully in the process of uncoupling, spend most of their free hours adding to the noise levels by playing the sort of music that is like a prolonged moan, or maybe a whale dying, while yelling at each other. Greta Moran, The Cut, "The Intimacy of Socializing in Silence," 29 Mar. 2018 During the breeding season, Crowley says he's heard males following females through the trees while making a short, repetitive moan. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Hear the Otherworldly Screams of Lynx in Battle," 28 Mar. 2018 Gone were the terrifying moans and mumbled nonsense. Jodie Briggs, Longreads, "Growing Up Around Funeral Homes Didn’t Prepare Me for Death," 27 Mar. 2018 This duet between Trippie Redd and Swae Lee is an elaborate dance of lovely moans and sighs, Trippie Redd singing into the clouds and Swae Lee doling out sweet pinpoint melodies. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Justin Timberlake Stays Funky (for Now), and 9 More New Songs," 5 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

About an hour into the second massage, which started about 10 p.m., Lee again started moaning when Carballo was massaging his quadriceps, the complaint alleges. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Massage therapist accuses Stan Lee of Marvel Comics of inappropriate sexual behavior in Chicago hotel," 23 Apr. 2018 Pacers coach Nate McMillan moaned about his team's 17 turnovers. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers show life, winning one the hard way -- Terry Pluto," 19 Apr. 2018 Visitors report seeing a female figure, hearing a man moaning and staff receiving calls from phone extensions in the hotel that don't exist. azcentral, "Real haunted places in metro Phoenix," 5 Oct. 2015 Meaning that at any given time half the league’s fans will be moaning about a championship drought. Gary Peterson, sacbee, "Breaking the NBA? On the contrary, the Warriors are doing it a favor," 12 July 2018 Other wounded people could be heard moaning in pain. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "'Shots fired! Shots fired! … Everybody out!' Terror and chaos at Trenton arts festival," 27 June 2018 Alyssa was able to swipe open the call and moan into the phone, with her baby by her side. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "One minute she was getting ready for work. The next she was on the floor, unable to move | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 The human shape moaned again, and that was enough to give Bo his second wind. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Rescue workers who raced to the scene could hear people moaning and crying, pinned beneath concrete slabs, impaled with steel girders, suffocating from dust. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Rise of the Victims’-Rights Movement," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of moan

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for moan

Noun

Middle English mone, from Old English *mān

Verb

see moan entry 1

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More Definitions for moan

moan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, low sound that someone makes because of pain, unhappiness, or physical pleasure

: a long, low sound

: a complaint about something

moan

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moan (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a long, low sound because of pain, unhappiness, or physical pleasure

: to express unhappiness about something

: to say (something) in a way that shows pain or unhappiness

moan

noun
\ˈmōn \

Kids Definition of moan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long low sound showing pain or grief

2 : a long low sound the engine's moan

moan

verb
moaned; moaning

Kids Definition of moan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to utter a long low sound

2 : complain

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