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[rawr, rohr]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter a loud, deep cry or howl, as in excitement, distress, or anger.
  2. to laugh loudly or boisterously: to roar at a joke.
  3. to make a loud sound or din, as thunder, cannon, waves, or wind.
  4. to function or move with a loud, deep sound, as a vehicle: The automobile roared away.
  5. to make a loud noise in breathing, as a horse.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter or express in a roar: to roar denials.
  2. to bring, put, make, etc., by roaring: to roar oneself hoarse.
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  1. a loud, deep cry or howl, as of an animal or a person: the roar of a lion.
  2. a loud, confused, constant noise or sound; din; clamor: the roar of the surf; the roar of lively conversation from the crowded party.
  3. a loud outburst: a roar of laughter; a roar of approval from the audience.
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Origin of roar

before 900; Middle English roren (v.), Old English rārian; cognate with Old High German rēren to bellow
Related formsroar·er, nounout·roar, verb (used with object)un·der·roar·er, noun


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1. See cry.
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Related Words

giggle, cackle, fit, roar, crow, bubbling, shout, chortle, peal, snicker, chuckle, gesture, rejoicing, shriek, guffaw, giggling, howling, babbling, amusement, cachinnation

Examples from the Web for roarer

Historical Examples

  • An animal that is a roarer should not be used for breeding purposes.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • It is to be hoped that he will not turn out a roarer, like the latter.

  • The roarer, as has been said, was the Colonel; the meanderer was Drinkwater Torm.


    Thomas Nelson Page

  • "Looks like the funeral of a real, respectable citizen," squeaked Roarer.

    The Long Dim Trail

    Forrestine C. Hooker

  • Roarer did not disclose that said twins were almost as old as himself.

    The Long Dim Trail

    Forrestine C. Hooker

British Dictionary definitions for roarer


verb (mainly intr)
  1. (of lions and other animals) to utter characteristic loud growling cries
  2. (also tr) (of people) to utter (something) with a loud deep cry, as in anger or triumph
  3. to laugh in a loud hearty unrestrained manner
  4. (of horses) to breathe with laboured rasping soundsSee roaring (def. 6)
  5. (of the wind, waves, etc) to blow or break loudly and violently, as during a storm
  6. (of a fire) to burn fiercely with a roaring sound
  7. (of a machine, gun, etc) to operate or move with a loud harsh noise
  8. (tr) to bring (oneself) into a certain condition by roaringto roar oneself hoarse
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  1. a loud deep cry, uttered by a person or crowd, esp in anger or triumph
  2. a prolonged loud cry of certain animals, esp lions
  3. any similar noise made by a fire, the wind, waves, artillery, an engine, etc
  4. a loud unrestrained burst of laughter
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See also roar up
Derived Formsroarer, noun

Word Origin

Old English rārian; related to Old High German rērēn, Middle Dutch reren
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Word Origin and History for roarer



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.

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late 14c., from roar (v.) and Old English gerar.

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