Definition of "groan" []

  • To voice a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a sound expressive of stress or strain: floorboards groaning. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter or express with groans or a groan. (verb-transitive)
  • The sound made in groaning. (noun)
  • A prolonged stressed dull cry expressive of agony, pain, or disapproval (noun)

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  • A loud harsh creaking sound, as of a tree bending in the wind (noun)
  • A grumble or complaint, esp a persistent one (noun)
  • To utter (low inarticulate sounds) expressive of pain, grief, disapproval, etc (verb)
  • To make a sound like a groan (verb)
  • To be weighed down (by) or suffer greatly (under) (verb)
  • To complain or grumble (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "groan" in a sentence
  • "Now he has followed it up with (groan) a sequel, _Maelstrom_; _groan_ because the commercial strategy of tying the two books together has necessitated weighing down virtually the first third of what could have just as well been a free-standing novel with a detailed recapitulation of the events of _Starfish_ and their relation to the surface world that almost had me giving up on the book."
  • ""Let's go Phil!" was the Monday chant, and when the news broke at No. 18 that Glover had retaken the lead, there was the kind of New York groan from the stands that you would expect to hear on a Red Sox homer."
  • "He heard footsteps approaching, and drove his spurs so fiercely into the roan as to force a surprised groan from the animal as it leaped forward."