Language: Old English
Origin: granian


1 verb
1 [intransitive] to make a long deep sound because you are in pain, upset, or disappointed, or because something is very enjoyable [= moan]:
The kids all groaned when I switched off the TV.
groan with
As she kissed him, Gary groaned with pleasure.
Richard's jokes make you groan rather than laugh.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to complain about something [= moan]:
I'm tired of him moaning and groaning all the time.
'It's too hot!' he groaned.
3C [transitive] to make a low deep sound [= moan]:
The old tree groaned in the wind.
4DH [intransitive] if a table groans with food there is a very large amount of food on it

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