- 1[intransitive, transitive] (of a person) to make a long deep sound, usually expressing unhappiness, suffering or sexual pleasure synonym groan The injured man was lying on the ground, moaning. moan in/with something to moan in/with pain + speech ‘I might never see you again,’ she moaned.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] moan (at somebody) (informal) to complain about something in a way that other people find annoying synonym grumble, whine moan (on) (about something) (to somebody) What are you moaning on about now? moan (at somebody) (about something) They're always moaning and groaning about how much they have to do. moan that… Bella moaned that her feet were cold. Synonymscomplainprotest object grumble moan whineThese words all mean to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something.complain to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something:I’m going to complain to the manager about this.protest to say or do something to show that you disagree with or disapprove of something, especially publicly; to give something as a reason for protesting:Students took to the streets to protest against the decision.object to say that you disagree with or disapprove of something; to give something as a reason for objecting:If nobody objects, we’ll postpone the meeting till next week. He objected that the police had arrested him without sufficient evidence.grumble (rather informal, disapproving) to complain about somebody/something in a bad-tempered way:They kept grumbling that they were cold.moan (British English, rather informal, disapproving) to complain about somebody/something in an annoying way:What are you moaning on about now?whine (rather informal, disapproving) to complain in an annoying, crying voice:Stop whining! ‘I want to go home,’ whined Toby. Whine is often used to talk about the way that young children complain.Patterns to complain/protest/grumble/moan/whine about something to complain/protest/grumble/moan at something to complain/protest/object/grumble/moan/whine to somebody to complain/protest/object/grumble/moan/whine that… See related entries: Describing annoying traits
- 3[intransitive] (literary) (especially of the wind) to make a long deep sound The wind was moaning through the trees. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘complaint ’or‘ lamentation’): of unknown origin.Extra examples He moaned in despair. My parents moan at me if I’m home late. She was still conscious and was moaning loudly with pain. She’s always moaning to me that she doesn’t have enough money. The children climbed into the bus, moaning and groaning. The wind moaned gently through the trees. They kept moaning on about their illnesses. What are you moaning about now? He moaned with sheer pleasure. Most of the patients were moaning in pain. They’re always moaning and groaning about how much they have to do.
BrE BrE//məʊn//; NAmE NAmE//moʊn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they moan
BrE BrE//məʊn//; NAmE NAmE//moʊn//he / she / it moans
BrE BrE//məʊnz//; NAmE NAmE//moʊnz//past simple moaned
BrE BrE//məʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//moʊnd//past participle moaned
BrE BrE//məʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//moʊnd//-ing form moaning
BrE BrE//ˈməʊnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊnɪŋ//Describing annoying traits