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v. groaned, groan·ing, groans
1. To voice a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure.
2. To make a sound expressive of stress or strain: floorboards groaning.
To utter or express with groans or a groan.
The sound made in groaning.

[Middle English gronen, from Old English grānian.]

groan′er n.
groan′ing·ly adv.
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1. a person or thing that groans
2. informal an bad or corny joke or pun
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.groaner - a person who groans
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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C-3PO tells the story of "Star Wars" to the Ewoks ("Return of the Jedi") -- This could have easily been a silly, self-serving groaner: Protocol droid Threepio (Anthony Daniels) gathers a bunch of overgrown teddy bears around a fire to tell the story of how their new friends came to Endor.
I've yet to meet a home groaner who was desperate for a job cleaning toilets but was done out of it by some pesky Pole or other "bloody foreigner".
Other awards went to Gwyneth Dunwoody, the Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, who was Oldie Battleaxe of the Year, and to George Melly, the jazz musician, as Oldie Groaner of the Year.
We probably shouldn't add to your pain, but we are about to unleash another Christmas groaner.
ANOTHER festive groaner. This one was emailed in by reader Ronnie Barr: A rookie police constable was out on patrol with Tina, his sergeant, at the height of the Christmas party season.
THIS week your sleuth found his game in the Garioch, home of the Groaner Stone.
Films of this nature more often than not resolve themselves with groaner endings, but not this one, which feels all of a piece at fadeout.
The song also appeared in Blue Skies ('46), again with Bing and Fred, so it's no wonder we always associate The Old Groaner with the classic Irving Berlin song which could bring tears to a glass eye (MCA 111).
Visual jokes pile up like the bad guys but never at the kind of crackling pace this brand of spoof demands, and the verbal ripostes tend mostly to be of the groaner variety.
If "Evolution" had been done straight, the opening would have been a real groaner, so many times now have we witnessed the sight of a flaming meteor hurtling toward Earth.
The sudden arrival of Hollywood director Browning at the musical's end is probably as necessary as it is silly, and there's only one out-and-out groaner of a song (the unintentionally kitschy, and unfortunately pivotal, "Tunnel of Love," in which the romantic foursome reveals inner thoughts and passions during a carnival ride).
One of the Old Groaner's hits is driving teenage tearaways from a shopping complex Down Under.