groan v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groaned p. pr. & vb. n. Groaning.]
1. 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.
2. To strive after earnestly, as with groans.
Nothing but holy, pure, and clear,
Or that which groaneth to be so. --Herbert.
Groan, v. t. To affect by groans.
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.
n : an utterance expressing pain or disapproval [syn: moan]
v : indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure; "The students
groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets";
"The ancient door soughed when opened" [syn: moan, sough]