- 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[intransitive] to make a sound like a person groaning synonym moan The trees creaked and groaned in the wind. Word Origin Old English grānian, of Germanic origin; related to German greinen
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//