From Middle English bemenen, bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan (“to bemoan, bewail, lament”), equivalent to be- (“about, concerning”) + moan. Alteration of vowel from Middle to Modern English due to analogy with moan.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈməʊn/
- (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈmoʊn/
- Rhymes: -əʊn
- Hyphenation: be‧moan
- (transitive) To moan or complain about; be dismayed or worried about something.
- He bemoaned the drought but went on watering his lawn.
to complain about