a low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief: the groans of dying soldiers.
a deep, inarticulate sound uttered in derision, disapproval, desire, etc.
a deep grating or creaking sound due to a sudden or continued overburdening, as with a great weight: We heard the groan of the ropes as the crane lowered the heavy cargo into the ship's hold.
verb (used without object)
to utter a deep, mournful sound expressive of pain or grief.
to make a deep, inarticulate sound expressive of derision, disapproval, desire, etc.
to make a sound resembling a groan; resound harshly: The steps of the old house groaned under my weight.
to be overburdened or overloaded.
to suffer greatly or lamentably: groaning under an intolerable burden.
verb (used with object)
to utter or express with groans.

before 900; Middle English gronen, Old English grānian; cognate with German greinen to whine

groaner, noun
groaningly, adverb
undergroan, noun
ungroaning, adjective

groan, grown (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. Groan, moan refer to sounds indicating deep suffering. A groan is a brief, strong, deep-throated sound emitted involuntarily under pressure of pain or suffering: The wounded man groaned when they lifted him. A moan is a prolonged, more or less continuous, low, inarticulate sound indicative of suffering, either physical or mental: She was moaning after the operation. She did not weep, but moaned softly. Unabridged
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groan (ɡrəʊn)
1.  a prolonged stressed dull cry expressive of agony, pain, or disapproval
2.  a loud harsh creaking sound, as of a tree bending in the wind
3.  informal a grumble or complaint, esp a persistent one
4.  to utter (low inarticulate sounds) expressive of pain, grief, disapproval, etc: they all groaned at Larry's puns
5.  (intr) to make a sound like a groan
6.  (intr, usually foll by beneath or under) to be weighed down (by) or suffer greatly (under): the country groaned under the dictator's rule
7.  informal (intr) to complain or grumble
[Old English grānian; related to Old Norse grīna, Old High German grīnan; see grin]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

O.E. granian "to groan, murmur," from P.Gmc. *grain-, of imitative origin, or related to grin (cf. O.N. grenja "to howl").
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