verb[with object] often • humorous
- Express discontent or sorrow over (something): single women bemoaning the absence of menMore example sentences
- In one isolated village the people weep and wail, bemoaning their plight.
- He never once complained or bemoaned the cruel hand life dealt him.
- Contemporary chroniclers based in England had a habit of bemoaning the cost and absence of results of such campaigns.
Old English bemǣnan 'complain, lament' The change in the second syllable (16th century) was due to association with moan, to which it is related.