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"Wailing" is a noun which is often translated as "el llanto", and "moan" is a noun which is often translated as "el gemido". Learn more about the difference between "wailing" and "moan" below.
wailing
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el llanto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The wailing of the baby next door kept me awake all night.Estuve toda la noche sin dormir por el llanto del bebé de la casa de al lado.
b. los lamentos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The wailing of the dying in that village still haunts me.Todavía me persiguen los lamentos de los moribundos en esa aldea.
c. los gemidos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You could hear the wailing of the patients even from out in the garden.Hasta en el jardín se escuchaban los gemidos de los enfermos.
d. el aullido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Bob was woken by the wailing of the police siren.Bob se despertó con el aullido de la sirena de la policía.
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moan(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (long, low sound)
a. el gemido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I couldn't tell if the moans coming from the next room were of pain or pleasure.No podía distinguir si los gemidos que venían de la habitación de al lado eran de dolor o de placer.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(complaint) (United Kingdom)
a. la queja
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They sure are quick to have a moan at the referee when they think something's not fair.Sí que expresan una queja bien rápido al árbitro cuando algo no les parece justo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to groan)
a. gemir
I moaned with pain, as my head started throbbing.Gemí de dolor al tiempo que la cabeza empezaba a latirme.
4. (to complain; used with "about")
a. quejarse de
Local residents are moaning about the unruly tourists visiting our beaches this summer.Los residentes locales se están quejando de los turistas revoltosos que visitan nuestras playas este verano.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to say with a moan)
a. decir gimiendo
"A tall man dressed in black took my bike," the girl moaned."Un hombre alto vestido de negro se llevó mi bici", dijo la niña gimiendo.
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