- 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 roared
Intrepid university students perched on the ceiling girders and roared out a football cheer: Cheer!The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
Despite committing 13 penalties, the Iroquois roared back from a late 8-3 deficit to notch it at 8-8 before giving up a late goal.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower
July 21, 2014
Hardline media have roared their disapproval and prominent conservative politicians have joined in.The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and an Actress to Be Flogged in Public
May 23, 2014
When Syrian soldiers from the Interior Ministry roared up in a white Toyota van to abduct me, I was startled.How I Escaped Assad’s Army in Syria
November 25, 2013
I hopped on my scooter and roared down to the store and stopped to grab some bananas (they were on the way).Grand Theft Auto V Review: The Best Game Ever?!
September 17, 2013
"Why, it is the hedgerows," roared John, with a shout of laughter.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Mowbray pressed forward to her ear, and repeated all Christie roared.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
I roared, whipping out my sword, 'for I am one of his officers.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He had confidence in the obedience of the sea, this sea that roared around them like a tyrant.A Spirit in Prison
They all roared and wriggled again, so amusing did it seem to them.Fruitfulness
- (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 roared
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.