Moan meaning

mōn
A long, low vocal sound as of sorrow or pain or of sexual pleasure.
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Moan is defined as to complain or grieve about something or to utter a low, long sound of pain.

An example of moan is to express extreme sorrow about a death in the family.

An example of moan is for a person to make a pained sound when having a stomach ache.

verb
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The definition of a moan is a long, low sound, often due to pain.

An example of a moan is the sound that someone with a stomach ache may make.

noun
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To utter with moans or a moan.
verb
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To bewail or bemoan.

She moaned her misfortunes to anyone who would listen.

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To utter a moan or moans.
verb
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To say with a moan.
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A complaint; lamentation.
noun
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Any nonvocal sound like this.

The moan of the wind.

noun
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To complain, lament, grieve, etc.
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To complain about; bewail.

To moan one's fate.

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A low, mournful cry of pain, sorrow or pleasure.
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(now rare) To complain about; to bemoan, to bewail; to mourn. [from 13th c.]
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(intransitive, now chiefly poetic) To grieve. [from 14th c.]
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(intransitive) To make a moan or similar sound. [from 18th c.]
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To say in a moan, or with a moaning voice. [from 19th c.]

‘Please don't leave me,’ he moaned.

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(intransitive, colloquial, chiefly UK) To complain; to grumble. [from 20th c.]
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A complaint.

His tiresome moans about his boss.

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To complain, lament, or grieve.

An old man who still moans about his misspent youth.

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Origin of moan

  • Middle English mone from Old English mān mei-no- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English mone, mane, man, from Old English *mān (“complaint, lamentation”), from Proto-Germanic *mainō. Inferred from Old English mǣnan (“to complain over, grieve, mourn”). More at mean.

    From Wiktionary