- to utter a loud, deep cry or howl, as in excitement, distress, or anger.
- to laugh loudly or boisterously: to roar at a joke.
- to make a loud sound or din, as thunder, cannon, waves, or wind.
- to function or move with a loud, deep sound, as a vehicle: The automobile roared away.
- to make a loud noise in breathing, as a horse.
- to utter or express in a roar: to roar denials.
- to bring, put, make, etc., by roaring: to roar oneself hoarse.
- a loud, deep cry or howl, as of an animal or a person: the roar of a lion.
- a loud, confused, constant noise or sound; din; clamor: the roar of the surf; the roar of lively conversation from the crowded party.
- a loud outburst: a roar of laughter; a roar of approval from the audience.
Origin of roar
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Examples from the Web for roar
It will just take time for those little murmurs to become a roar.Sororities Finally Take Back the Night
September 12, 2014
I was sleeping late after a long weekend of work, when my girlfriend heard the roar of its engines approaching.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
I thought about Al, pushed onto the hood of the car at the airport, the roar of planes taking off and landing in the background.Almost Famous: A Father's Day Story
June 15, 2014
But no matter, we are allergic and getting more allergic, hear us roar (and sniffle and whine and hack).Blame Climate Change for Your Terrible Seasonal Allergies
May 14, 2014
At least when an all-too-real attack came on Wednesday morning, there was only the flashing of blades, not the roar of gunfire.Thank God the Murrysville School Attack Wasn’t Guns
April 9, 2014
This was responded to by a roar of satisfaction from the crowd below.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The sound in her ear had grown to a roar, as of many mill-wheels.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Not from the street, for all beside was still; even the roar of London was hushed!Weighed and Wanting
Rain fell in torrents; the crashing thunder was like the roar of artillery.The Roof of France
I am sick in my soul of narrow apartments and wheels and the rush and roar of the city.Her Father's Daughter
- (of lions and other animals) to utter characteristic loud growling cries
- (also tr) (of people) to utter (something) with a loud deep cry, as in anger or triumph
- to laugh in a loud hearty unrestrained manner
- (of horses) to breathe with laboured rasping soundsSee roaring (def. 6)
- (of the wind, waves, etc) to blow or break loudly and violently, as during a storm
- (of a fire) to burn fiercely with a roaring sound
- (of a machine, gun, etc) to operate or move with a loud harsh noise
- (tr) to bring (oneself) into a certain condition by roaringto roar oneself hoarse
- a loud deep cry, uttered by a person or crowd, esp in anger or triumph
- a prolonged loud cry of certain animals, esp lions
- any similar noise made by a fire, the wind, waves, artillery, an engine, etc
- a loud unrestrained burst of laughter
Word Origin and History for roar
Old English rarian "roar, wail, lament, bellow, cry," probably of imitative origin (cf. Middle Dutch reeren, German röhren "to roar;" Sanskrit ragati "barks;" Lithuanian reju "to scold;" Old Church Slavonic revo "I roar;" Latin raucus "hoarse"). Related: Roared; roaring.
late 14c., from roar (v.) and Old English gerar.