• Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans
    Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v groan indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure "The students groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets","The ancient door soughed when opened"
    • n groan an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Groan 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 . "Such groans of roaring wind and rain.""The wretched animal heaved forth such groans ."
    • v. t Groan To affect by groans.
    • Groan To give forth a low, moaning sound in breathing; to utter a groan, as in pain, in sorrow, or in derision; to moan. "For we . . . do groan , being burdened.""He heard the groaning of the oak."
    • Groan To strive after earnestly, as with groans. "Nothing but holy, pure, and clear,
      Or that which groaneth to be so."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • groan To breathe with a deep murmuring sound expressive of grief or pain; utter a deep, low-toned, moaning sound: often used figuratively.
    • groan To long or strive with deep earnestness, and as if with groans.
    • groan To express disapproval of or to silence by means of groans: usually with down: as, the speaker was groaned down.
    • n groan A low, deep, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief; figuratively, any natural sound resembling this, and having a mournful or dismal effect.
    • n groan A deep murmuring sound uttered in derision or disapprobation: opposed to cheer or applause.
    • n groan The noise made by a buck at rutting-time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Groan grōn to utter a moaning sound in distress:
    • n Groan a deep moaning sound as of distress: a sound of disapprobation
    • v.i Groan grōn (fig.) to be afflicted: to express disapprobation of a speaker by means of audible groans or similar sounds
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  • William Blake
    “My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt; helpless, naked, piping loud, like a fiend hid in a cloud.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “One half the world must sweat and groan that the other half may dream.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.”
  • St. Jerome
    St. Jerome
    “Prayer is a groan.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gronen, granen, granien, AS. grnian, fr. the root of grennian to grin. √35. See 2d Grin, and cf. Grunt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gránian.


In literature:

Then he was silent, and would do little more than groan terribly.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
After a time, he threw himself back upon the bed-place, and groaned heavily.
"The Little Savage" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Toward evening he came to the lodge as he was told, and soon heard the groans of the magician.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
How I groaned until the muscles became limber.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
With a groan Oscar Brown rolled over on his side and allowed his portion to fall slowly out.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The 2d, 4th, 5th, 27th, 33d, and 65th Virginia fidgeted, groaned, swore with impatience.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The moans and groans in the coolies' tent, when I went in search of one, were pitiful.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
He dropped his head in his hands with a groan.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
I remembered yesterday's doings, and groaned.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
Spouts of red fire shot from the muzzles of the revolvers, and the cracking of the weapons was followed by cries and groans.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish

In poetry:

O slowly, slowly raise she up,
And slowly put she on;
And slowly rode she out the way,
Wi mony a weary groan.
"The Queen's Marie" by Andrew Lang
The minister groaned in spirit
As the tremulous lips of pain
And wide, wet eyes uplifted
Questioned his own in vain.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Not unregarding can I see
Her soul with grief opprest:
But let no sighs, no groans for me,
Steal from her pensive breast.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
And often on his Saviour call'd
With many a bitter groan,
In such heart-anguish as could spring
From deepest guilt alone.
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey
But when old Mistus heard it,
She groaned and hardly spoke;
When she had to lose her servants,
Her heart was almost broke.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
He sits a sovereign on his throne,
With pity in his eyes;
He hears the dying pris'ners' groan,
And sees their sighs arise.
"Psalm 102 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

When the first telephone directory arrived the other day, I groaned inwardly, pitched it in the recycling bin and thought no more about it.
Four ways to have a healthier Thanksgiving (or four ideas that will make you moan and groan).
I CAN ALREADY hear the moans and groans from the peanut gallery if the Eagles select a defensive end with their first pick in the draft.
It is easy to groan at the selection of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as Barack Obama's Secretary of Agriculture .
It's a short leap from grin to groan.
Whenever and wherever they play, Iceland's Sigur Ros bring with them long, deep tracts of space: the endless-ocean reverb that surrounds Jon Por Birgisson's groaning, bowed guitar.
Groaning when you bend down.
"Oh, no, not you," she groans, at the beginning of "MTV Unplugged 2.0" (Columbia).
Amid a collective groan from driving enthusiasts everywhere, today Nissan announced that it plans to be first to put electronic steer-by-wire technology into production cars.
Many fans of the beloved Spider-Man franchise let out a collective groan when Marvel Comics announced they were rebooting the film series with The Amazing Spider-Man.
Gathering the generations around a groaning table is a Thanksgiving tradition.
"I don't know which me that I love," Marilyn Manson groans on stomping industrial rocker "No Reflection ," from May 1 album Born Villain.
I'll pause while the industry as a whole utters a collective groan.
"On a clear night you can see all the stars," the locals say (Go ahead and groan).
And Thanksgiving tables will soon groan with turkey, fresh fruits and vegetables, and pumpkin pie.

In science:

Only the one who cries and groans by pain will have humanity, divine gift ..
Carlo Cercignani's Interests for the Foundations of Physics