What does groan mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. groan, moanverb

    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval

  2. groan, moanverb

    indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure

    "The students groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets"; "The ancient door soughed when opened"


  1. groannoun

    A low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief.

  2. groannoun

    A low, guttural sound uttered in frustration or disapproval.

  3. groanverb

    To make a groan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Groannoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Alas poor country,
    Where sighs and groans, and shrieks that rend the air,
    Are made, not mark’d! William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I led to slaughter, and to slaughter leave;
    And ev’n from hence their dying groans receive. Dryden.

    Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder,
    Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never
    Remember to have heard. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

  2. To GROANverb

    To breathe with a hoarse noise, as in pain or agony.

    Etymology: granan, Saxon; gronen, Dutch.

    Many an heir
    Of these fair edifices, for my wars,
    Have I heard groan and drop. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out. Job. xxiv. 12.

    Repenting and groaning for anguish of spirit. Wisd. v. 3.

    So shall the world go on,
    To good malignant, to bad men benign,
    Under her own weight groaning. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Nothing can so peculiarly gratify the noble dispositions of humanity, as for one man to see another so much himself as to sigh his griefs and groan his pains. South.

    On the blazing pile his parent lay,
    Or a lov’d brother groan’d his life away. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. groan

    Paralanguage, also known as vocalics, is a component of meta-communication that may modify meaning, give nuanced meaning, or convey emotion, by using techniques such as prosody, pitch, volume, intonation, etc. It is sometimes defined as relating to nonphonemic properties only. Paralanguage may be expressed consciously or unconsciously. The study of paralanguage is known as paralinguistics and was invented by George L. Trager in the 1950s, while he was working at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State. His colleagues at the time included Henry Lee Smith, Charles F. Hockett (working with him on using descriptive linguistics as a model for paralanguage), Edward T. Hall developing proxemics, and Ray Birdwhistell developing kinesics. Trager published his conclusions in 1958, 1960 and 1961.His work has served as a basis for all later research, especially those investigating the relationship between paralanguage and culture (since paralanguage is learned, it differs by language and culture). A good example is the work of John J. Gumperz on language and social identity, which specifically describes paralinguistic differences between participants in intercultural interactions. The film Gumperz made for BBC in 1982, Multiracial Britain: Cross talk, does a particularly good job of demonstrating cultural differences in paralanguage and their impact on relationships. Paralinguistic information, because it is phenomenal, belongs to the external speech signal (Ferdinand de Saussure's parole) but not to the arbitrary conmodality]]. Even vocal language has some paralinguistic as well as linguistic properties that can be seen (lip reading, McGurk effect), and even felt, e.g. by the Tadoma method.


  1. groan

    A groan is a deep, involuntary sound conveying pain, despair, pleasure, or annoyance, often produced inside one's throat. It can also refer to a complaint or grumble about something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Groanverb

    to give forth a low, moaning sound in breathing; to utter a groan, as in pain, in sorrow, or in derision; to moan

  2. Groanverb

    to strive after earnestly, as with groans

  3. Groanverb

    to affect by groans

  4. Groannoun

    a low, moaning sound; usually, a deep, mournful sound uttered in pain or great distress; sometimes, an expression of strong disapprobation; as, the remark was received with groans

  5. Etymology: [OE. gronen, granen, granien, AS. grnian, fr. the root of grennian to grin. 35. See 2d Grin, and cf. Grunt.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Groan

    grōn, v.i. to utter a moaning sound in distress: (fig.) to be afflicted: to express disapprobation of a speaker by means of audible groans or similar sounds.—n. a deep moaning sound as of distress: a sound of disapprobation.—adj. Groan′ful (Spens.), sad, agonising.—n. Groan′ing, a deep moan as of pain: any low rumbling sound. [A.S. gránian.]

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Anagrams for groan »

  1. argon

  2. Goran

  3. organ

  4. rogan

  5. angor

  6. grano

  7. nagor

  8. orang

  9. ronga

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of groan in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of groan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of groan in a Sentence

  1. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    It's tax day and while many Americans are filing their taxes with a groan, taxpayers in the Badger State have reason to cheer. In Wisconsin, we have enacted more than $2 billion in tax cuts, giving our citizens much-needed relief, call us crazy Midwesterners but we think you know how to spend your money better than the government.

  2. J. R. R. Tolkien:

    There I lay staring upward, while the stars wheeled over... Faint to my ears came the gathered rumour of all lands: the springing and the dying, the song and the weeping, and the slow everlasting groan of overburdened stone.

  3. William Blake:

    My mother groan'd, my father wept Into the dangerous world I leapt, Helpless, naked, piping load, Like a friend hid in a cloud.

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