groan / grōn/ • v. [intr.] make a deep inarticulate sound in response to pain or despair: Marty groaned and pulled the blanket over his head. ∎ [with direct speech] say something in a despairing or miserable tone: “Oh God!” I groaned. ∎ complain; grumble: they were moaning and groaning about management. ∎ (of a thing) make a low creaking or moaning sound when pressure or weight is applied: James slumped back into his chair, making it groan and bulge. ∎ (groan under/beneath) fig. be oppressed by: families groaning under mortgage increases. ∎ (groan with/under) be heavily loaded with: tables groan with smoking joints of venison.• n. a deep, inarticulate sound made in pain or despair. ∎ a complaint: to listen with sincerity to everyone's moans and groans. ∎ a low creaking or moaning sound made by an object or device under pressure: the protesting groan of timbers.PHRASES: groan inwardly feel like groaning at something but remain silent: everything has a tepid inevitability, and even as you smile you may be groaning inwardly.DERIVATIVES: groan·er n.groan·ing·ly adv.