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  Dictionary Definition of groan

groan
noun
1. a low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief.
2. a deep murmur uttered in derision, disapproval, etc.
3. a deep grating or creaking noise, as of wood, etc.
-- verb (i)
4. to utter a deep inarticulate sound expressive of grief or pain; moan.
5. to make a sound similar to a groan; creak; resound harshly.
6. to be overburdened or overloaded.
-- verb (t)
7. to utter with groans.
-- phrase
8. groan beneath ; groan under, to suffer lamentably as a result of.
[ME grone ( n ), OE granian, akin to G greinen whine]
-- groaner, noun -- groaning, noun, adjective -- groaningly, adverb