from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain.
- n. A similar sound: the eerie moan of the night wind.
- n. Lamentation.
- intransitive v. To utter a moan or moans.
- intransitive v. To make a sound resembling a moan: A saxophone moaned in the background.
- intransitive v. To complain, lament, or grieve: an old man who still moans about his misspent youth.
- transitive v. To bewail or bemoan: She moaned her misfortunes to anyone who would listen.
- transitive v. To utter with moans or a moan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a low, mournful cry of pain, sorrow or pleasure
- v. to make a moan or similar sound
- v. to complain
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make a low prolonged sound of grief or pain, whether articulate or not; to groan softly and continuously.
- intransitive v. To emit a sound like moan; -- said of things inanimate.
- transitive v. To bewail audibly; to lament.
- transitive v. To afflict; to distress.
- n. A low prolonged sound, articulate or not, indicative of pain or of grief; a low groan.
- n. A low mournful or murmuring sound; -- of things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter a low dull sound expressive of physical or mental suffering; lament inarticulately or with mournful utterance.
- To give forth a saddening or gloomy sound, like one in distress; sound like a low cry of distress.
- To murmur; complain; protest.
- To lament; deplore; bewail.
- To cause to make lamentation; afflict; distress: as, “which infinitely moans me,”
- n. A low dull sound expressing grief or pain; a sound of lamentation not so deep as a groan; audible expression of sorrow; grief expressed in words or cries.
- n. A low dull sound resembling that made by a person moaning.
- n. Lament: lamentation; complaint: especially in the phrase to make one's moan.
- Moa-like; of or pertaining to a moa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
- v. indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure
Middle English mone, from Old English *mān; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English mone, mane, man, from Old English *mān ("complaint, lamentation"), from Proto-Germanic *mainō. Inferred from Old English mǣnan ("to complain over, grieve, mourn"). More at mean. (Wiktionary)