v. groaned, groan·ing, groans
1. To voice a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure.
2. To make a sound expressive of stress or strain: floorboards groaning.
To utter or express with groans or a groan.
The sound made in groaning.
[Middle English gronen, from Old English grānian.]
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