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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 unhappy voice, usually about something that does not seem important 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 eventually started work.
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, low sound because of pain or suffering, or to say something in a complaining way: We could hear someone moaning within the rubble of the collapsed building.
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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