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




very; extremely: roaring drunk.

Nearby words

  1. roanoke,
  2. roanoke island,
  3. roanoke rapids,
  4. roar,
  5. roar up,
  6. roaring forties,
  7. roaring twenties,
  8. roaringly,
  9. roarming,
  10. roast

Origin of roaring

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

Related formsroar·ing·ly, adverb


[ 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.


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

Synonym study

1. See cry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for roaring

British Dictionary definitions for roaring


/ (ˈrɔːrɪŋ) /


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


noisily or boisterously (esp in the phrase roaring drunk)


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 Formsroaringly, adverb


/ (rɔː) /

verb (mainly intr)


See also roar up

Derived Formsroarer, noun

Word Origin for roar

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

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Word Origin and History for roaring
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