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[ rawr-ing, rohr- ]


  1. the act of a person, animal, or thing that roars.
  2. a loud, deep cry or sound or a series of such sounds.
  3. Veterinary Pathology. a disease of horses, caused by respiratory obstruction or vocal cord paralysis, and characterized by loud or rough breathing sounds.


  1. making or causing a roar, as an animal or thunder.
  2. brisk or highly successful, as trade:

    He did a roaring business selling watches to tourists.

  3. characterized by noisy, disorderly behavior; boisterous; riotous:

    roaring revelry.

  4. complete; utter; out-and-out:

    a roaring idiot; a roaring success.


  1. very; extremely:

    roaring drunk.


/ ˈrɔːrɪŋ /


  1. informal.
    very brisk and profitable (esp in the phrase a roaring trade )
  2. the roaring days
    the period of the Australian goldrushes
  3. derogatory.

    a roaring communist


  1. noisily or boisterously (esp in the phrase roaring drunk )


  1. a loud prolonged cry
  2. a debilitating breathing defect of horses characterized by rasping sounds with each breath: caused by inflammation of the respiratory tract or obstruction of the larynx Compare whistling
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Derived Forms

  • ˈroaringly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • roaring·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of roaring1

before 1000; Middle English roryng (noun, adj.), Old English rarung (noun). See roar, -ing 1, -ing 2
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Example Sentences

Since securing the GOP nomination at a May convention, Youngkin’s paid media has played down his conservative politics, reintroducing him to voters as a successful businessman and non-politician who’ll create a “rip-roaring economy.”

We may be headed for a post-pandemic roaring ’20s, but right now the vibe is more 1950s American suburbia.

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I am health psychologist who developed a method that harnesses our rip-roaring emotions to rapidly switch off stress and activate positive emotions instead.

He gave a rip-roaring and revealing interview to Maureen Dowd of The New York Times.

From Fortune

Bitcoin began 2013 with a roaring price of $770 per unit, and businesses right and left were converting to the ethereal product.

The younger brother would try everything in his power from a distance to subdue the roaring flames of passion.

U.S. warplanes roaring overhead unleashed missiles and precision-guided bombs, but they could do nothing to solve this problem.

Our stereotype of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ is cocaine, nightclubs, and flapper girls.

If the goal was to get 'em talking, last Sunday night's Miss America competition was a roaring success.

Never did I feel leaving anybody or any place so much, and Berlin seems to me like a great roaring wilderness.

On the other side the ammonia brought out a picture of the Victory, with the head of a roaring lion below it.

The door banged shut behind him and I heard him at the foot of the stairs roaring "Ho-ho-there-ho!"

Instantly there rose before him the vision of a black torrent roaring through the tunnel.

The sound of roaring died away, and an atmosphere of still and utter cold established itself over all.





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