A man with a toothache moans.
- The definition of a moan is a long, low sound, often due to pain.
An example of a moan is the sound that someone with a stomach ache may make.
- Moan is defined as to complain or grieve about something or to utter a low, long sound of pain.
- An example of moan is to express extreme sorrow about a death in the family.
- An example of moan is for a person to make a pained sound when having a stomach ache.
- Archaic a complaint; lamentation
- a long, low vocal sound as of sorrow or pain or of sexual pleasure
- any nonvocal sound like this: the moan of the wind
Origin of moanMiddle English mone, probably ; from base of Old English mænan, to complain: see mean
- to utter a moan or moans
- to complain, lament, grieve, etc.
- to say with a moan
- to complain about; bewail: to moan one's fate
- a. A low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain.b. A similar sound: the eerie moan of the night wind.
- A complaint: his tiresome moans about his boss.
verbmoaned, moan·ing, moans
- a. To utter a moan or moans.b. To make a sound resembling a moan: A saxophone moaned in the background.
- To complain, lament, or grieve: an old man who still moans about his misspent youth.
- To bewail or bemoan: She moaned her misfortunes to anyone who would listen.
- To utter with moans or a moan.
Origin of moanMiddle English mone, from Old English *mān; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present moans, present participle moaning, simple past and past participle moaned)
- (now rare) To complain about; to bemoan, to bewail; to mourn. [from 13th c.]
- (intransitive, now chiefly poetic) To grieve. [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To make a moan or similar sound. [from 18th c.]
- To say in a moan, or with a moaning voice. [from 19th c.]
- ‘Please don't leave me,’ he moaned.
- (intransitive, colloquial, chiefly UK) To complain; to grumble. [from 20th c.]