Definition of "moan" []

  • A low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain. (noun)
  • A similar sound: the eerie moan of the night wind. (noun)
  • Lamentation. (noun)
  • To utter a moan or moans. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a sound resembling a moan: A saxophone moaned in the background. (verb-intransitive)
  • A low prolonged mournful sound expressive of suffering or pleading (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any similar mournful sound, esp that made by the wind (noun)
  • A grumble or complaint (noun)
  • To utter (words) in a low mournful manner (verb)
  • To make a sound like a moan (verb)
  • To grumble or complain (esp in the phrase moan and groan) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "moan" in a sentence
  • "The sugar train to Matanzas started with a trundle and a high moan from the horn, pulling away from the suburbs of Havana with stateliness rather than speed, pursued by stragglers who hopped aboard like hobos catching a freight."
  • "Why she thinks that anyone cares about her weight, or why she thinks it's necessary to go to a major magazine and bitch and moan is beyond me."
  • "Then come the hippos, who moan from the nearby Chari River (we didn't know they were hippos at the time)."