Bemoan Definition

bemoaned, bemoaning, bemoans
bemoaned, bemoaning, bemoans
To express grief over; lament.
American Heritage
To moan about or deplore (a loss, grief, etc.); lament.
To bemoan one's fate.
Webster's New World
To express disapproval of or regret for; deplore.
American Heritage

To complain about; to be dismayed or worried about something.

He bemoaned the drought but went on watering his lawn.

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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