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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.


1. a person or thing that groans
2. informal an bad or corny joke or pun
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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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