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moan

noun \ ˈmōn \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of moan

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

Examples of moan in a Sentence

  1. She let out a long, deep moan.

  2. the moan of the wind

  3. the moan of the car's engine

Recent Examples of moan from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of moan

Middle English mone, from Old English *mān


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moan

verb

Definition of moan

transitive verb
1 : to bewail audibly : lament
2 : to utter with moans
intransitive verb
2 a : to make a moan : groan
b : to emit a sound resembling a moan
  • the wind moaned in the trees

moaner

play \ˈmō-nər\ noun

Examples of moan in a Sentence

  1. The wounded soldier moaned in pain.

  2. He moaned with pleasure as she rubbed his back.

  3. We were all moaning about the cold, rainy weather.

  4. He's always moaning about his salary.

  5. The children were moaning and groaning all morning, but their mother would not let them go outside.

  6. I'm tired of all his moaning and groaning about his salary.

  7. “But I don't want to go,” moaned the boy.

  8. The wind moaned in the trees.

Recent Examples of moan from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of moan

see 1moan



MOAN Defined for English Language Learners

moan

noun

Definition of moan for English Language Learners

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

  • : a long, low sound

  • : a complaint about something


moan

verb

Definition of moan for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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moan

noun \ ˈmōn \

Definition of moan for Students

1 : a long low sound showing pain or grief
2 : a long low sound
  • the engine's moan

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moan

verb

Definition of moan for Students

moaned; moaning
1 : to utter a long low sound
2 : complain


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