Groan meaning

grōn
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.

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To utter a deep sound expressing pain, distress, or disapproval.
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To make a creaking or grating sound, as from great strain.

A heavy gate groaning on its hinges.

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To make a sound expressive of stress or strain.

Floorboards groaning.

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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.

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To voice a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure.
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To be weighed down, overburdened, or oppressed.

A table groaning beneath a Christmas feast, citizens groaning under the weight of tyranny.

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The sound made in groaning.
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To utter with a groan or groans.
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A sound made in groaning.
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A low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief.
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A low, guttural sound uttered in frustration or disapproval.
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To make a groan.

We groaned at his awful jokes.

The wooden table groaned under the weight of the banquet.

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To utter or express with groans or a groan.
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Origin of groan

  • Middle English gronen from Old English grānian
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition