• (RP) IPA: /məʊn/
  • (America) IPA: /moʊn/

moan (plural moans)

  1. a low, mournful cry of pain, sorrow or pleasure
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moan (moans, present participle moaning; past and past participle moaned)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To complain about; to bemoan, to bewail; to mourn. [from 13th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.7:
      Much did the Craven seeme to mone his case […].
    • Ye floods, ye woods, ye echoes, moan / My dear Columbo, dead and gone.
  2. (intransitive, now chiefly poetic) To grieve. [from 14th c.]
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To distress (someone); to sadden. [15th-17th c.]
    • 1626 January 22 (licensing date), John Fletcher [et al.], “The Faire Maide of the Inne”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 5, scene 1:
      which infinitely moans me
  4. (intransitive) To make a moan or similar sound. [from 18th c.]
  5. (transitive) To say in a moan, or with a moaning voice. [from 19th c.]
    ‘Please don't leave me,’ he moaned.
  6. (intransitive, colloquial) To complain; to grumble. [from 20th c.]
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