groan

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gronen, from Old English grānian (to groan; lament; murmur), from Proto-Germanic *grainōną (to howl; weep), from Proto-Germanic *grīnaną (to whine; howl; whimper). Cognate with Dutch grijnen, grienen (to cry; sob; blubber), German Low German grienen (to whimper; mewl), German greinen (to whine; whimper), Swedish grina (to howl; weep; laugh).

The noun is from Middle English gron, grone, from the verb.

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Noun[edit]

groan (plural groans)

  1. A low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief.
  2. A low, guttural sound uttered in frustration or disapproval.

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Verb[edit]

groan (third-person singular simple present groans, present participle groaning, simple past and past participle groaned)

  1. To make a groan.
    We groaned at his awful jokes.
    The wooden table groaned under the weight of the banquet.
  2. (obsolete) To strive after earnestly, as if with groans.
    • Herbert
      Nothing but holy, pure, and clear, / Or that which groaneth to be so.

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