moan


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moan

 (mōn)
n.
1.
a. A low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain.
b. A similar sound: the eerie moan of the night wind.
2. A complaint: his tiresome moans about his boss.
v. moaned, moan·ing, moans
v.intr.
1.
a. To utter a moan or moans.
b. To make a sound resembling a moan: A saxophone moaned in the background.
2. To complain, lament, or grieve: an old man who still moans about his misspent youth.
v.tr.
1. To bewail or bemoan: She moaned her misfortunes to anyone who would listen.
2. To utter with moans or a moan.

[Middle English mone, from Old English *mān; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots.]

moan

(məʊn)
n
1. a low prolonged mournful sound expressive of suffering or pleading
2. any similar mournful sound, esp that made by the wind
3. a grumble or complaint
vb
4. to utter (words) in a low mournful manner
5. (intr) to make a sound like a moan
6. (usually intr) to grumble or complain (esp in the phrase moan and groan)
[C13: related to Old English mǣnan to grieve over]
ˈmoaner n
ˈmoanful adj
ˈmoaning n, adj
ˈmoaningly adv

moan

(moʊn)

n.
1. a prolonged, low, inarticulate sound uttered from physical or mental suffering.
2. any similar sound: the moan of the wind.
3. a complaint or lamentation.
v.i.
4. to utter moans, as of pain or grief.
5. (of the wind, sea, trees, etc.) to make a sound suggestive of such moans.
6. to complain; grumble.
v.t.
7. to utter with a moan.
8. to lament or bemoan: to moan one's fate.
[1175–1225; Middle English mone, man(e) (n.), related to Old English mǣnan to mourn]
moan′er, n.
moan′ing•ly, adv.

moan


Past participle: moaned
Gerund: moaning

Imperative
moan
moan
Present
I moan
you moan
he/she/it moans
we moan
you moan
they moan
Preterite
I moaned
you moaned
he/she/it moaned
we moaned
you moaned
they moaned
Present Continuous
I am moaning
you are moaning
he/she/it is moaning
we are moaning
you are moaning
they are moaning
Present Perfect
I have moaned
you have moaned
he/she/it has moaned
we have moaned
you have moaned
they have moaned
Past Continuous
I was moaning
you were moaning
he/she/it was moaning
we were moaning
you were moaning
they were moaning
Past Perfect
I had moaned
you had moaned
he/she/it had moaned
we had moaned
you had moaned
they had moaned
Future
I will moan
you will moan
he/she/it will moan
we will moan
you will moan
they will moan
Future Perfect
I will have moaned
you will have moaned
he/she/it will have moaned
we will have moaned
you will have moaned
they will have moaned
Future Continuous
I will be moaning
you will be moaning
he/she/it will be moaning
we will be moaning
you will be moaning
they will be moaning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been moaning
you have been moaning
he/she/it has been moaning
we have been moaning
you have been moaning
they have been moaning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been moaning
you will have been moaning
he/she/it will have been moaning
we will have been moaning
you will have been moaning
they will have been moaning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been moaning
you had been moaning
he/she/it had been moaning
we had been moaning
you had been moaning
they had been moaning
Conditional
I would moan
you would moan
he/she/it would moan
we would moan
you would moan
they would moan
Past Conditional
I would have moaned
you would have moaned
he/she/it would have moaned
we would have moaned
you would have moaned
they would have moaned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moan - an utterance expressing pain or disapprovalmoan - an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
Verb1.moan - indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasuremoan - indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure; "The students groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets"; "The ancient door soughed when opened"
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"

moan

verb
1. groan, sigh, sob, whine, keen, lament, deplore, bemoan, bewail 'My head, my head,' she moaned.
2. (Informal) grumble, complain, groan, whine, beef (slang), carp, bitch (slang), grouse, gripe (informal), whinge (informal), bleat, moan and groan, grouch (informal) I used to moan if I didn't get at least 8 hours' sleep.
3. sigh, whisper, murmur, sough The wind moaned through the shattered glass.
noun
1. groan, sigh, sob, lament, wail, grunt, whine, lamentation She gave a low choking moan and began to tremble violently.
2. (Informal) complaint, protest, grumble, beef (slang), bitch (slang), whine, grouse, gripe (informal), grouch (informal), kvetch (U.S. slang) They have been listening to people's gripes and moans.
3. sigh, whisper, murmur the occasional moan of the wind around the house

moan

noun
A long, mournful cry:
verb
To utter or emit a long, mournful, plaintive sound:
Translations
أنين، نَحيب، تأوُّهيَتَأوَّه، يَعْوِل، يَئِنُّيَشْكو، يَتَذَمَّريَنْدُبُ
sténatreptatsténání
beklage sigjamrestønnestønnentuden
vaikeroida
stenjati
siránkozik
kvartastunastynja
うめく
신음 소리를 내다
aimana
gaudasgaustiesvaidētvaidsžēloties
reptaťstonanie
ječanjestokatitarnati
klaga
บ่น
inlemekşikâyet etmekiniltiinleme
rên

moan

[məʊn]
A. N
1. (= groan) [of person, wind, trees] → gemido m
2. (= complaint) → queja f
B. VI
1. (= groan) → gemir
2. (= complain) → quejarse
they're moaning about the food againhan vuelto a quejarse de la comida
she's always moaning about somethingsiempre se está quejando de algo
C. VT
1. (= groan) → decir gimiendo, decir con un gemido
2. (= complain) "why does it always have to be me?" he moaned-¿por qué siempre me toca a mí? -se quejó

moan

[ˈməʊn]
n
[pain] → gémissement m
(= complaint) → plainte f
to have a moan → pleurnicher
vi
(in pain)gémir
(= complain) → pleurnicher
She's always moaning → Elle est toujours en train de pleurnicher.
to moan about sth → pleurnicher pour qch
You're always moaning about money → Tu es toujours en train de pleurnicher pour l'argent.
(= lament) → geindre

moan

n
(= groan)Stöhnen nt; (of wind)Seufzen nt, → Raunen nt (geh); (of trees etc)Raunen nt (geh)
(= grumble)Gejammer nt no pl (inf); to have a moan about somethingüber etw (acc)jammern or schimpfen
vi
(= groan)stöhnen; (wind, trees)raunen (geh)
(= grumble)jammern, schimpfen (→ about über +acc); moan, moan, moan, that’s all she doessie ist ständig am Maulen (inf)
vt …, he moanedstöhnte er; he moaned a sigh of reliefer stöhnte erleichtert auf

moan

[məʊn]
1. n (gen) → gemito, lamento; (complaint) → lamentela, lagna
2. vi (gen) → gemere
to moan (about) (fam) (complain) → lamentarsi (di)

moan

(məun) verb
1. to make a low sound of grief, pain etc. The wounded soldier moaned.
2. to complain. She's always moaning about how hard she has to work.
noun
a sound (as if) of grief, pain etc. a moan of pain; the moan of the wind.

moan

يَنْدُبُ sténat jamre stöhnen στενάζω quejarse vaikeroida gémir stenjati lamentarsi うめく 신음 소리를 내다 kreunen klage lamentować gemer стонать klaga บ่น inlemek rên 呻吟

moan

n. quejido, gemido, queja, lamento;
vr. quejarse, lamentarse.

moan

n gemido; vi gemir
References in classic literature ?
I thought you were asleep, so I just made a little private moan for my one beauty.
The old owl no longer hooted, and the water-oaks had ceased to moan as they bent their heads.
I have heard the forest moan like mortal men in their affliction; often, and again, have I listened to the wind playing its music in the branches of the girdled trees; and I have heard the lightning cracking in the air like the snapping of blazing brush as it spitted forth sparks and forked flames; but never have I thought that I heard more than the pleasure of him who sported with the things of his hand.
Her activity of body, intellect, and heart impelled her continually to perform the ordinary little toils that offered themselves around her, and to think the thought proper for the moment, and to sympathize,--now with the twittering gayety of the robins in the pear-tree, and now to such a depth as she could with Hepzibah's dark anxiety, or the vague moan of her brother.
There was no occasion to make much moan about this state of affairs.
Then, as he wended his way by swamp and stream and awful woodland, to the farmhouse where he happened to be quartered, every sound of nature, at that witching hour, fluttered his excited imagination, --the moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside, the boding cry of the tree toad, that harbinger of storm, the dreary hooting of the screech owl, to the sudden rustling in the thicket of birds frightened from their roost.
She exhaled a moan of relief as we at last came in sight of the greater part of the water without a sight of the child.
After a long while I heard John at the door; I gave a low moan, for I was in great pain.
Jurgis, without a word, lifts Ona in his arms, and strides out with her, and she sinks her head upon his shoulder with a moan.
They were suffer- ing sharp physical pain, of course; and weariness, and hunger and thirst, no doubt; and at least none had given them the comfort of a wash, or even the poor charity of a lotion for their wounds; yet you never heard them utter a moan or a groan, or saw them show any sign of restlessness, or any disposition to com- plain.
It went on for an hour, then the tired child went to sleep, and it was pitiful to hear her moan and nestle, and I couldn't do anything for her.
I had seen the heads and faces of ten youths gashed in every direction by the keen two-edged blades, and yet had not seen a victim wince, nor heard a moan, or detected any fleeting expression which confessed the sharp pain the hurts were inflicting.