To complain about; to be dismayed or worried about something.
- be happy
Origin of Bemoan
From Middle English bemenen, bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan (“to bemoan, bewail, lament”), equivalent to be- (“about, concerning”) + moan. Alteration of vowel from Middle to Modern English due to analogy with moan.
Middle English bimonen alteration (influenced by mone moan) of bimenen from Old English bemǣnan be- be- mǣnan to complain of mei-no- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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