moaning


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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.]
Translations

moaning

[ˈməʊnɪŋ] N
1. (= groans) → gemidos mpl
2. (= complaints) → quejas fpl, protestas fpl

moaning

[ˈməʊnɪŋ] n (= groaning) → gémissements mpl
(= complaints) → pleurnicheries fpl

moaning

n
Stöhnen nt; (of wind)Seufzen nt; (of trees etc)Raunen nt (geh)
(= grumbling)Gestöhn(e) nt

moaning

[ˈməʊnɪŋ] ngemiti mpl, lamenti mpl
References in classic literature ?
The Indian, after his first frenzied outburst of fear, now lay quiet, as though fearing to move, moaning in pain.
They made me think of defeated armies, retreating; or of ghosts who were trying desperately to get in for shelter, and then went moaning on.
For many minutes Duncan succeeded in keeping his senses on the alert, and alive to every moaning sound that arose from the forest.
Her heart melted away in tears; her profoundest spirit sent forth a moaning voice, low, gentle, but inexpressibly sad.
A sound like the moaning in squadrons over Asphaltites of unforgiven ghosts of Gomorrah, ran shuddering through the air.
Even worse than that was the fearful nervousness from which she suffered; she would have frightful headaches and fits of aimless weeping; and sometimes she would come home at night shuddering and moaning, and would fling herself down upon the bed and burst into tears.
And then all were gone, and the mourners went back to the place which should know her no more; and Marie's room was darkened, and she lay on the bed, sobbing and moaning in uncontrollable grief, and calling every moment for the attentions of all her servants.
Just as I was moaning out the closing hunks of that word, I touched off one of my electric connections and all that murky world of people stood revealed in a hideous blue glare
He wore out by and by, and laid still a while, moaning.
Then she would gather it to her heart and pour out her love upon it in a frenzy of kisses, moaning, crying, and saying, "Dey sha'n't, oh, dey sha'nt'
But at last she was still, only moaning a little in her sleep.
It would wail in its cradle all night long--not screaming heartily like any other child, but whimpering and moaning.