Other forms: groaned; groans; groaning

A groan is a sound of pain or disapproval that doesn't consist of words, usually heard after homework is assigned or bad jokes are told.

People groan for lots of reasons: headaches, stomachaches, traffic jams, and bad news are just a few groan-worthy things that can provoke that moaning, "uuugghhhhh" sound. If someone is complaining about something, you could say she's "moaning and groaning." People like to moan and groan about the weather, politics, and just about everything else.

Definitions of groan
  1. noun
    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    synonyms: moan
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    type of:
    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  2. verb
    indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure
    “The students groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets”
    synonyms: moan
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)




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