Groan (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groaned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Groaning.] [OE. gronen, granen, granien, AS. grnian, fr. the root of grennian to grin. 35. See 2d Grin, and cf. Grunt.]


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. 2 Cor. v. 4.

He heard the groaning of the oak. Sir W. Scott.


To strive after earnestly, as with groans.

Nothing but holy, pure, and clear, Or that which groaneth to be so. Herbert.


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Groan, v. t.

To affect by groans.


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Groan, n.

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. Shak.

The wretched animal heaved forth such groans. Shak.


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