Definition of groan verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    groan

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they groan
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊn//
     
    he / she / it groans
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊnz//
     
    past simple groaned
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊnd//
     
    past participle groaned
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊnd//
     
    -ing form groaning
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrəʊnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡroʊnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 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. + speech ‘It's a complete mess!’ she groaned. ‘Don’t move me,’ he groaned.
  2. 2[intransitive] to make a sound like a person groaning synonym moan The trees creaked and groaned in the wind.
  3. Word Origin Old English grānian, of Germanic origin; related to German greinen ‘grizzle, whine’, grinsen ‘grin’, also probably to grin.Extra examples He groaned at/​from the pain. He groaned inwardly at the thought of spending another day in that place. She groaned out loud in protest. Some of the patients were groaning in/​with pain. There’s no point in moaning and groaning about not having any money. She tried to get up and groaned with pain. The table groaned under the weight of the biggest buffet they had ever seen.Idioms
    groan under the weight of something
     
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    (formal) used to say that there is too much of something
    Phrasal Verbsgroan with something
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