- Archaic a complaint; lamentation
- a long, low vocal sound as of sorrow or pain or of sexual pleasure
- any nonvocal sound like this: the moan of the wind
Origin of moanMiddle 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