I. noun Etymology: Middle English mone, from Old English *mān Date: 13th century 1. lamentation, complaint 2. a low prolonged sound of pain or of grief II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to bewail audibly ; lament 2. to utter with moans intransitive verb 1. lament, complain 2. a. to make a moan ; groan b. to emit a sound resembling a moan <
the wind moaned in the trees
moaner noun

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  • Moan — (m[=o]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Moaned} (m[=o]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Moaning}.] [AS. m[=ae]nan to moan, also, to mean; but in the latter sense perh. a different word. Cf. {Mean} to intend.] 1. To make a low prolonged sound of grief or pain, whether …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moan — [mōn] n. [ME mone, prob. < base of OE mænan, to complain: see MEAN1] 1. Archaic a complaint; lamentation 2. a low, mournful sound of sorrow or pain 3. any sound like this [the moan of the wind] vi. 1. to utter …   English World dictionary

  • Moan — Moan, n. [OE. mone. See {Moan}, v. i.] 1. A low prolonged sound, articulate or not, indicative of pain or of grief; a low groan. [1913 Webster] Sullen moans, hollow groans. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. A low mournful or murmuring sound; of things.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moan — Moan, v. t. 1. To bewail audibly; to lament. [1913 Webster] Ye floods, ye woods, ye echoes, moan My dear Columbo, dead and gone. Prior. [1913 Webster] 2. To afflict; to distress. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Which infinitely moans me. Beau. & Fl. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moan — Moan, Le Moan Surnom breton (29) appliqué à celui qui est mince (breton moan). Variantes : Le Moen, Le Moene, Le Moenne (29, 56). Diminutifs : Moennan, Le Moenic …   Noms de famille

  • Moan —   [englisch/amerikanisch, məʊn; wörtlich »stöhnen, heulen«], Bezeichnung für die Klagegesänge der schwarzen Sklaven in Nordamerika, die noch aus dem afrikanischen Begräbniszeremoniell stammten. Mit der Christianisierung der Afroamerikaner verlor… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • moan# — moan n groan, sigh, sob (see under SIGH vb) Analogous words: crying or cry, wailing or wail (see CRY): lamenting or lament, bemoaning, bewailing (see DEPLORE) moan vb groan, *sigh, sob Analogous words: mourn, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • moan — [n] groan, complaint beef, cry, gripe, grouse, grumble, lament, lamentation, plaint, sigh, sob, wail, whine; concepts 52,77 moan [v] groan, complain bemoan, bewail, carp, deplore, grieve, gripe, grouse, grumble, keen, lament, mourn, sigh, sob,… …   New thesaurus

  • moan — ► NOUN 1) a low mournful sound, usually expressive of suffering. 2) informal a trivial complaint. ► VERB 1) utter or make a moan. 2) informal complain; grumble. DERIVATIVES moaner noun …   English terms dictionary

  • moan — index deplore, plaint Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • moan — [[t]mo͟ʊn[/t]] moans, moaning, moaned 1) VERB If you moan, you make a low sound, usually because you are unhappy or in pain. Tony moaned in his sleep and then turned over on his side... [V with quote] My head, my head, he moaned. I can t see. Syn …   English dictionary

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