a prolonged, low, inarticulate sound uttered from or as if from physical or mental suffering.
any similar sound:
the moan of the wind.
complaint or lamentation.
verb (used without object)
to utter moans, as of pain or grief.
(of the wind, sea, trees, etc.) to make any sound suggestive of such moans:
The wind moaned through the trees.
verb (used with object)
to utter (something) inarticulately or pitifully, as if in lamentation:
He moaned his response.
to lament or bemoan:
to moan one’s fate.
a low prolonged mournful sound expressive of suffering or pleading
any similar mournful sound, esp that made by the wind
a grumble or complaint
to utter (words) in a low mournful manner
(intransitive) to make a sound like a moan
(usually intransitive) to grumble or complain (esp in the phrase moan and groan)
c.1200, “lamentation, mourning, weeping; complaining, the expressing of complaints; a complaint; lover’s complaint; accusation, charge,” probably from an unrecorded Old English *man “complaint,” related to Old English mænan “complain, moan,” also “tell, intend, signify” (see mean (v.1)); but OED discounts this connection. Meaning “long, low inarticulate murmur from some prolonged pain” is first recorded 1670s, “with onomatopoeic suggestion” [OED].
mid-13c., “mourn (someone); regret, bewail;” c.1300, “to lament, grieve; utter moans;” probably from Old English *manan, related to mænan “to lament” (see moan (n.)). From 1724 as “to make a low, mournful sound.” Related: Moaned; moaning.
adjective moaning, complaining
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