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moan

[mohn] /moʊn/
noun
1.
a prolonged, low, inarticulate sound uttered from or as if from physical or mental suffering.
2.
any similar sound:
the moan of the wind.
3.
complaint or lamentation.
verb (used without object)
4.
to utter moans, as of pain or grief.
5.
(of the wind, sea, trees, etc.) to make any sound suggestive of such moans:
The wind moaned through the trees.
verb (used with object)
6.
to utter (something) inarticulately or pitifully, as if in lamentation:
He moaned his response.
7.
to lament or bemoan:
to moan one's fate.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English mone, man(e) (noun), Old English *mān, inferred from its derivative mǣnan to mourn
Related forms
moanful, adjective
moanfully, adverb
moaningly, adverb
unmoaned, adjective
unmoaning, adjective
Synonyms
1. See groan. 4. grieve. 4, 7. mourn. 7. deplore.
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  • Several colleagues were having a moaning session about the company.
  • Their talk shows are filled with angry listeners moaning about the government.
  • Moments later, he could not pick them out from the quiet moaning of other churchgoers, buried but alive.
  • Higher pitched moaning and whistling heard from rigging.
  • State government is not simply wringing its hands and moaning about lack of funding for healthcare initiatives.
  • Watch for signs of pain such as moaning or changes in behaviors.
British Dictionary definitions for moaning

moan

/məʊn/
noun
1.
a low prolonged mournful sound expressive of suffering or pleading
2.
any similar mournful sound, esp that made by the wind
3.
a grumble or complaint
verb
4.
to utter (words) in a low mournful manner
5.
(intransitive) to make a sound like a moan
6.
(usually intransitive) to grumble or complain (esp in the phrase moan and groan)
Derived Forms
moaner, noun
moanful, adjective
moaning, noun, adjective
moaningly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: related to Old English mǣnan to grieve over
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Word Origin and History for moaning

moan

n.

c.1200, "lamentation, mourning, weeping; complaining, the expressing of complaints; a complaint; lover's complaint; accusation, charge," probably from an unrecorded Old English *man "complaint," related to Old English mænan "complain, moan," also "tell, intend, signify" (see mean (v.1)); but OED discounts this connection. Meaning "long, low inarticulate murmur from some prolonged pain" is first recorded 1670s, "with onomatopoeic suggestion" [OED].

v.

mid-13c., "mourn (someone); regret, bewail;" c.1300, "to lament, grieve; utter moans;" probably from Old English *manan, related to mænan "to lament" (see moan (n.)). From 1724 as "to make a low, mournful sound." Related: Moaned; moaning.

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