roaring

[ rawr-ing, rohr- ]
/ ˈrɔr ɪŋ, ˈroʊr- /

noun

adjective

adverb

very; extremely: roaring drunk.

Origin of roaring

before 1000; Middle English roryng (noun, adj.), Old English rarung (noun). See roar, -ing1, -ing2

Related forms

roar·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for roaring (2 of 2)

roar

[ rawr, rohr ]
/ rɔr, roʊr /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to utter or express in a roar: to roar denials.
to bring, put, make, etc., by roaring: to roar oneself hoarse.

noun

Origin of roar

before 900; Middle English roren (v.), Old English rārian; cognate with Old High German rēren to bellow

Related forms

roar·er, nounout·roar, verb (used with object)un·der·roar·er, noun

Synonym study

1. See cry.
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British Dictionary definitions for roaring (1 of 2)

roaring

/ (ˈrɔːrɪŋ) /

adjective

informal very brisk and profitable (esp in the phrase a roaring trade)
the roaring days Australian the period of the Australian goldrushes
Irish derogatory, informal (intensifier)a roaring communist

adverb

noisily or boisterously (esp in the phrase roaring drunk)

noun

a loud prolonged cry
a debilitating breathing defect of horses characterized by rasping sounds with each breath: caused by inflammation of the respiratory tract or obstruction of the larynxCompare whistling

Derived Forms

roaringly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for roaring (2 of 2)

roar

/ (rɔː) /

verb (mainly intr)

noun

See also roar up

Derived Forms

roarer, noun

Word Origin for roar

Old English rārian; related to Old High German rērēn, Middle Dutch reren
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