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a.1.Full of moaning; expressing sorrow.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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We can hear the low, moanful bawling of Longhorn steers settling down for the night and the barking of coyotes in the hills a round us.
At a meetin', when dey shouts, dey sing joyful, an' when dey sing de same song at a funeral, dey sing hit slow and moanful. When dey sing de same song in de fiel's, hit is sung quick, if dey workin' fas'.