- 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.
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- Archaic a complaint; lamentation
- a low, mournful sound of sorrow or pain
- any sound like this: the moan of the wind
Origin: Middle 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
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- a. A low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain.b. A similar sound: the eerie moan of the night wind.
- 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: Middle English mone, from Old English *mān; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots.