moan verb [I or T] (COMPLAIN)

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moan noun [C] (SOUND)

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moan noun [C] (COMPLAINT)

mainly UK informal disapproving

She was having a moan about her husband.


SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases

(Definition of moan from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Examples of moan


The call-and-response was embellished to include exchanges of some naasty moans and groans.

All around people cried and moaned.

We are agitating for positive change, rather than moaning about isolated problems.

Moans and groans and the shaking of a head.

There has been moaning and groaning, but people have carried on.

I am opposed to the individuals who go about moaning about conditions which they say are going to pull us down as a nation.

I have no moans of estimating the expenditure incurred by the parties, none of which was borne by the public revenue.

Let me for a few moments examine what such a statement moans.

During my days in local government, we always moaned about never knowing from one moment to the next what was required of us.

By no other moans is it to be expected that justice can be done to the flying man.

Often when workers are aggrieved they go on moaning, eventually moaning to the management, and then comes a breaking point.

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We may assume that suspension moans that in the view of the court the business has been conducted in an improper and illegal fashion.

What they really mean is that they are going to increase wages, and that moans an increase in the cost of production.

There are comparatively few complaints and comparatively few moans; but lots of good experiences.

Manufacturers are whining and moaning about a high pound, saying that they cannot export.

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Translations of moan

in Chinese (Traditional)

聲音, 呻吟, 嗚咽…

in Chinese (Simplified)

声音, 呻吟, 呜咽…

in Spanish

quejarse, gemir, gemido…

in Portuguese

queixar-se, gemer, gemido…

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(人)が不平を言う, (人)がうめく, うめき声…

homurdanmak, yakınmak, sızlanmak…

gémir, se plaindre, gémissement [masculine]…

queixar-se, gemegar, gemec…

يَتذَمَّر, يَتأوَّه, تَاوُه…

stønne, beklage sig, stønnen…

mengerang, mengeluh, erangan…

rên rỉ, than vãn, tiếng than vãn…

mengerang, mengeluh, erangan…

stöhnen, klagen, das Stöhnen…

stønne, bære seg, uling [masculine]…

lamentarsi, gemere, gemito…

жаловаться, ныть, стонать…

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