Definition of Groan

1. Noun. An utterance expressing pain or disapproval.

Exact synonyms: Moan
Generic synonyms: Utterance, Vocalization
Derivative terms: Moan



2. Verb. Indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure. "The meadows groan with animals "; "The ancient door soughed when opened"
Exact synonyms: Moan
Generic synonyms: Emit, Let Loose, Let Out, Utter
Derivative terms: Groaner, Moan, Moaner

Definition of Groan

1. v. i. To give forth a low, moaning sound in breathing; to utter a groan, as in pain, in sorrow, or in derision; to moan.

2. v. t. To affect by groans.

3. n. A low, moaning sound; usually, a deep, mournful sound uttered in pain or great distress; sometimes, an expression of strong disapprobation; as, the remark was received with groans.

Definition of Groan

1. Noun. A low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief. ¹

2. Noun. A low, guttural sound uttered in frustration or disapproval. ¹

3. Verb. To make a groan. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Groan

1. to utter a low, mournful sound [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Groan

1. 1. To give forth a low, moaning sound in breathing; to utter a groan, as in pain, in sorrow, or in derision; to moan. "For we . . . Do groan, being burdened." (2 Cor. V. 4) "He heard the groaning of the oak." (Sir W. Scott) 2. To strive after earnestly, as with groans. "Nothing but holy, pure, and clear, Or that which groaneth to be so." (Herbert) Origin: OE. Gronen, granen, granien, AS. Grnian, fr. The root of grennian to grin. 35. See 2d Grin, and cf. Grunt. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Groan

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... with open jaw and foaming fang, And groans indignant from his heart a groan, And lashes either side his flanks and loins, Spurring himself to battle, ..."

2. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"... бю And many a stifled groan. With speed their upward way they take, —— Such speed as age and fear can make, — And crossed themselves for terror's sake, ..."

3. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"Longing to wipe each tear, to heal each groan, Wi' heavy groan. ... Beneath the blasts the leafless forests groan ; How would your spirits groan in deep ..."

4. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Ward Radcliffe (1794)
"you.—I could tell you of others—I could make you tremble at the bare recital." He was interrupted by a groan, ..."

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