American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To utter a moan or moans.
- v. To make a sound resembling a moan: A saxophone moaned in the background.
- v. To complain, lament, or grieve: an old man who still moans about his misspent youth.
- v. To bewail or bemoan: She moaned her misfortunes to anyone who would listen.
- v. To utter with moans or a moan.
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.
- n. a low, mournful cry of pain, sorrow or pleasure
- v. to make a moan or similar sound
- v. to complain
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make a low prolonged sound of grief or pain, whether articulate or not; to groan softly and continuously.
- v. To emit a sound like moan; -- said of things inanimate.
- v. To bewail audibly; to lament.
- v. obsolete 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.
- n. an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
- v. indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure
- 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)
- Middle English mone, from Old English *mān; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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).”
“Then there was a sort of sighing moan from the crowd on the cliff, who had been there all night for the French to land, and then Lord Arden's voice –”
“A moan from the sickly lad in the corner of the hut, roused David from the amazed stare with which he was contemplating the little eager, wiry, energetic old man.”
“The moan was a wordless cry of hunger that drifted to them through the pillars of oak trees, like the plaintive call of a wandering ghost.”
“The entire P.E. class groaned in unison, and my moan was the loudest of all.”
“There's the honk, a ringing, two-note herr-onk; the moan, which is the guttural herr at the front end of the honk; and the cluck, or high-pitched onk at the back end.”
“His moan was a harsh sound in the otherwise silent room.”
“According to Brinton the moan is a member of the falcon family and its zoological name is _Spizaetus tyrannus_.”
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