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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOAN

Before she had laughed at the weird complaining; now it sounded like a moan of misery.

Not a sound was heard but the moan of an occasional gust of wind.

The wood followed us with a moan which was gathering to a roar.

Let her moan and groan and sigh away there—what did it matter!

Thereupon Macquart, seeing that he was about to be paid, began to moan.

I could cry and moan like a small child, in my horrible emptiness and longing for Him.

The wind had fallen until it was scarce above a moan in the shrouds.

On the 28th of the same month, he was heard to moan again several times.

With a moan of anguish she went down upon her knees beside him.

A moan escaped her, and she covered her face with her hands.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "lamentation, mourning, weeping; complaining, the expressing of complaints; a complaint; lover's complaint; accusation, charge," probably from an unrecorded Old English *man "complaint," related to Old English mænan "complain, moan," also "tell, intend, signify" (see mean (v.1)); but OED discounts this connection. Meaning "long, low inarticulate murmur from some prolonged pain" is first recorded 1670s, "with onomatopoeic suggestion" [OED].

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MOAN

bewail

verbcry over, lament
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