From Middle English mone, mane, mān, (also as mene), from Old English *mān, *mǣn (“complaint; lamentation”), from Proto-Germanic *mainō (“opinion; mind”). Cognate with Old Frisian mēne (“opinion”), Old High German meina (“opinion”). Old English *mān, *mǣn is inferred from Old English mǣnan (“to complain over; grieve; mourn”). More at mean.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məʊn/
- (US) IPA(key): /moʊn/
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- Rhymes: -əʊn
- Homophone: mown
moan (plural moans)
- (transitive, now rare) To complain about; to bemoan, to bewail; to mourn. [from 13th c.]
- (intransitive, now chiefly poetic) To grieve. [from 14th c.]
- (transitive, obsolete) To distress (someone); to sadden. [15th-17th c.]
- (intransitive) To make a moan or similar sound. [from 18th c.]
- (transitive) To say in a moan, or with a moaning voice. [from 19th c.]
- ‘Please don't leave me,’ he moaned.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To complain; to grumble. [from 20th c.]
- See also Thesaurus:complain
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- moan in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- moan in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
From Proto-Brythonic *muɨn (“beautiful”) (compare Welsh mwyn (“mild, gentle”)), from Proto-Celtic *moinis (“treasure, precious object”) (compare Irish maoin (“property, riches”)), from Proto-Indo-European *moynis (compare Latin mūnis (“obliging”), Old English mǣne (“common”)), from *mey- (“to change”).
- Genitive singular form of moa.