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Meaning of GROAN

Pronunciation:  grown

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
  2. [v]  indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure; "The students groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets"; "The ancient door soughed when opened"

GROAN is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: moan, moan, sough
 See Also: emit, let loose, let out, utter, utterance, vocalization



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Groan\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Groaned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Groaning}.] [OE. gronen, granen, granien, AS. gr?nian, fr.
    the root of grennian to grin. [root]35. See {2d Grin}, and
    cf. {Grunt}.]
    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.
             He heard the groaning of the oak.     --Sir W.
    2. To strive after earnestly, as with groans.
             Nothing but holy, pure, and clear, Or that which
             groaneth to be so.                    --Herbert.
  2. \Groan\, v. t.
    To affect by groans.
  3. \Groan\, 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.
          Such groans of roaring wind and rain.    --Shak.
          The wretched animal heaved forth such groans. --Shak.
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