- 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.
- 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, overburdened, or oppressed: a table groaning beneath a Christmas feast, citizens groaning under the weight of tyranny
Origin of groanMiddle English gronien from Old English granian, akin to grin, German greinen, to weep
verbgroaned, groan·ing, groans
- To voice a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure.
- To make a sound expressive of stress or strain: floorboards groaning.
Origin of groanMiddle English gronen from Old English grānian
- A low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief.
- A low, guttural sound uttered in frustration or disapproval.
(third-person singular simple present groans, present participle groaning, simple past and past participle groaned)
- To make a groan.
- We groaned at his awful jokes.
- The wooden table groaned under the weight of the banquet.