Definition of “moan” - English Dictionary

“moan” in British English

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moanverb [ I or T ]

uk /məʊn/ us /moʊn/

moan verb [ I or T ] (COMPLAIN)

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)

“moan” in American English

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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)