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"moan" in British English

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moanverb [I or T]

uk   /məʊn/  us   /moʊn/
C2 informal disapproving to make a ​complaint in an ​unhappyvoice, usually about something that does not ​seemimportant to other ​people: Thelma's always moaning (about something), and ​forgets how ​lucky she ​actually is. [+ speech] "I don't like ​potatoes," he moaned. [+ (that)] First she moans (that) she's too ​hot, and then that she's too ​cold. After a lot of moaning and ​groaning, they ​eventuallystartedwork.
moaner
noun [C] uk   /ˈməʊ.nər/  us   /ˈmoʊ.nɚ/ mainly UK
They're just a lot of moaners who are never ​satisfied.

moannoun [C]

uk   /məʊn/  us   /moʊn/
(Definition of moan from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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moanverb [I]

 us   /moʊn/
to make a ​long, ​lowsound because of ​pain or ​suffering, or to say something in a ​complaining way: We could ​hear someone moaning within the ​rubble of the ​collapsedbuilding.
moan
noun [C]  us   /moʊn/
We could ​hear moans and ​screams, but we couldn’t ​tell where they were coming from.
(Definition of moan from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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