- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to make a long deep sound because you are annoyed, upset, or in pain, or with pleasure synonym moan He lay on the floor groaning. groan with something to groan with pain/pleasure groan at something We all groaned at his terrible jokes. groan about something They were all moaning and groaning (= complaining) about the amount of work they had to do. + speech “It's a complete mess!” she groaned. “Don't move me,” he groaned.
- 2 [intransitive] to make a sound like a person groaning synonym moan The trees creaked and groaned in the wind. Idioms
NAmE//ɡroʊn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they groan
he / she / it groans
past simple groaned
-ing form groaning
used to say that there is too much of something Phrasal Verbsgroan with something
groan under the weight of something (formal)jump to other results