Definition of moan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊn//
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  1. 1[countable] a long deep sound, usually expressing unhappiness, suffering or sexual pleasure synonym groan a low moan of despair/anguish He staggered about ten yards and fell down with a moan. a moan of pleasure/pain
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a complaint about something We had a good moan about work. His letters are full of the usual moans and groans.
  3. 3[singular] (literary) a long deep sound, especially the sound that is made by the wind She lay listening to the moan of the wind in the trees behind the house.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘complaint ’or‘ lamentation’): of unknown origin.
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