faint, little, low, quiet, small, soft
emit, give, let out, make, utter
stifle, suppress
come from sb/sb's mouth, escape sb/sb's mouth

A low moan of despair escaped her as she realized what had gone wrong.

with a moan

He staggered about ten yards and fell down with a moan.

moan of

a moan of pleasure/pain/despair

the moan of the wind
1 make a low sound of pain/pleasure
lightly, quietly, slightly, softly

He moaned in despair.


She was still conscious and was moaning loudly with pain.

2 (esp. BrE) complain

They kept moaning on about their illnesses.


What are you moaning about now?


My parents moan at me if I'm home late.


She's always moaning to me that she doesn't have enough money.

moan and groan

The children climbed into the bus, moaning and groaning.

Moan is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑wind

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