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Meaning of MOAN

Pronunciation:  mown

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"

MOAN is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Moan\ (m[=o]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Moaned} (m[=o]nd); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Moaning}.] [AS. m[=ae]nan to moan, also, to
    mean; but in the latter sense perh. a different word. Cf.
    {Mean} to intend.]
    1. To make a low prolonged sound of grief or pain, whether
       articulate or not; to groan softly and continuously.
             Unpitied and unheard, where misery moans. --Thomson.
             Let there bechance him pitiful mischances, To make
             him moan.                             --Shak.
    2. To emit a sound like moan; -- said of things inanimate;
       as, the wind moans.
  2. \Moan\, v. t.
    1. To bewail audibly; to lament.
             Ye floods, ye woods, ye echoes, moan My dear
             Columbo, dead and gone.               --Prior.
    2. To afflict; to distress. [Obs.]
             Which infinitely moans me.            --Beau. & Fl.
  3. \Moan\, n. [OE. mone. See {Moan}, v. i.]
    1. A low prolonged sound, articulate or not, indicative of
       pain or of grief; a low groan.
             Sullen moans, hollow groans.          --Pope.
    2. A low mournful or murmuring sound; -- of things.
             Rippling waters made a pleasant moan. --Byron.
Thesaurus Terms
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