roaring forties


plural noun

either of two areas in the ocean between 40° and 50° N or S latitude, noted for high winds and rough seas.

Nearby words

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

Origin of roaring forties

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for roaring forties

Roaring Forties

pl n

the Roaring Forties nautical the areas of ocean between 40° and 50° latitude in the S Hemisphere, noted for gale-force winds
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