Definition of “groan” - English Dictionary

“groan” in British English

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groannoun [ C ]

uk /ɡrəʊn/ us /ɡroʊn/

C2 a deep, long sound showing great pain or unhappiness:

We could hear the groans of the wounded soldiers.

a complaining noise or phrase:

He looked at the piles of dirty dishes and gave a groan of dismay.

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  • The rescuers could hear the groans of someone trapped in the rubble.
  • A groan went up from around the office when the electricity went off.
  • The groans of the wounded and dying could be heard all over the battlefield.
  • He gave a terrible groan before collapsing to the ground.
  • We heard great groans coming from the nextdoor delivery room, followed by bloodcurdling shrieks.

groanverb [ I ]

uk /ɡrəʊn/ us /ɡroʊn/

C2 to make a deep, long sound showing great pain or unhappiness:

He collapsed, groaning with pain.
[ + speech ] "Not again," he groaned (= said in a low unhappy voice).

to complain or speak unhappily:

She's always moaning and groaning (= complaining a lot) about the weather.

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  • He groaned with pain before losing consciousness.
  • He groaned at the sight of all the dirty dishes piled everywhere.
  • When the computer crashed again, he groaned with frustration.
  • "I'm fed up with you moaning and groaning all the time!," she shouted.
  • The crash victim groaned as they lifted her gently onto a stretcher.

(Definition of “groan” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“groan” in American English

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groannoun [ C ]

us /ɡroʊn/

a low, sad sound that is continued for a while and that is made by someone who is suffering from pain or unhappiness:

Nick let out a groan.

(Definition of “groan” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)