from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To voice a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure.
  • intransitive verb To make a sound expressive of stress or strain.
  • intransitive verb To utter or express with groans or a groan.
  • noun The sound made in groaning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To breathe with a deep murmuring sound expressive of grief or pain; utter a deep, low-toned, moaning sound: often used figuratively.
  • To long or strive with deep earnestness, and as if with groans.
  • To express disapproval of or to silence by means of groans: usually with down: as, the speaker was groaned down.
  • noun A low, deep, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief; figuratively, any natural sound resembling this, and having a mournful or dismal effect.
  • noun A deep murmuring sound uttered in derision or disapprobation: opposed to cheer or applause.
  • noun The noise made by a buck at rutting-time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A low, moaning sound; usually, a deep, mournful sound uttered in pain or great distress; sometimes, an expression of strong disapprobation.
  • intransitive verb To give forth a low, moaning sound in breathing; to utter a groan, as in pain, in sorrow, or in derision; to moan.
  • intransitive verb To strive after earnestly, as with groans.
  • transitive verb To affect by groans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief.
  • noun A low, guttural sound uttered in frustration or disapproval.
  • verb To make a groan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
  • verb indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gronen, from Old English grānian.]


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