An example of to groan is to moan over a swollen limb.
A heavy gate groaning on its hinges.
An example of a groan is a sound of someone struggling to carry a heavy package.
A table groaning beneath a Christmas feast, citizens groaning under the weight of tyranny.
We groaned at his awful jokes.
The wooden table groaned under the weight of the banquet.
Origin of groan
- Middle English gronen from Old English grānian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition