- The definition of a groan is a deep sound of pain or displeasure.
An example of a groan is a sound of someone struggling to carry a heavy package.
- Groan is defined as to give a deep sound of pain or displeasure.
An example of to groan is to moan over a swollen limb.
groan definition by Webster's New World
- to utter a deep sound expressing pain, distress, or disapproval
- to make a creaking or grating sound, as from great strain: a heavy gate groaning on its hinges
- to be weighed down or overburdened as to the point of groaning: a table groaning beneath a Christmas feast, a people that groaned under tyranny
Origin: Middle English gronien ; from Old English granian, akin to grin, German greinen, to weep
groan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb groaned, groan·ing, groans verb, intransitive
- To voice a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure.
- To make a sound expressive of stress or strain: floorboards groaning.
Origin: Middle English gronen, from Old English grānian.
- groanˈer noun
- groanˈing·ly adverb