noun, plural roofs.
verb (used with object)
- rood loft,
- rood screen,
- rood spire,
- roof garden,
- roof iris,
- roof of fourth ventricle,
- roof of the world,
- roof of tympanum
- to increase beyond all expectations: Foreign travel may very well go through the roof next year.
- Also hit the roof,Informal.to lose one's temper; become extremely angry.
- to create a loud noise: The applause raised the roof.
- to complain or protest noisily: He'll raise the roof when he sees that bill.
Origin of roof
Examples from the Web for roof
Which is why you should: “Clap along, if you feel like a room without a roof.”
We were on her roof talking and trying to come up with ideas, to think of alternatives to renting a studio.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project|James Joiner|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some wielding signs hit the roof, windshield, and body of the car I was traveling in.
Yeah, I mean, as far as Maggie goes, her reducing a church to just “four walls and a roof” says a lot about the character.‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead|Melissa Leon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From the roof of the barn is a long loop of rope, through this the turkey is suspended by its legs.
A gentleman seated on the roof appeared to recognise her—at least, he took his hat off as he passed.
A bright lamp hanging from the roof lighted up the little room, and gave it much of the appearance of a cabin.The Log House by the Lake|William H. G. Kingston
The dog on the roof barked viciously, then all the dogs in the village barked.The Red Cross in Peace and War|Clara Barton
Then the roof of the ward lifted about an inch, and more wind beat down, and as it beat down, so the roof lifted.The Backwash of War|Ellen N. La Motte
The patter of the rain was heard no more upon the roof, and the wind blew just as it sometimes does late in the fall.New National Fourth Reader|Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
noun plural roofs (ruːfs, ruːvz)
- a structure that covers or forms the top of a building
- (in combination)the rooftop
- (as modifier)a roof garden
- to get extremely angry; become furious
- to rise or increase steeply
- to create a boisterous disturbance
- to react or protest heatedly
Word Origin for roof
Old English hrof "roof, ceiling, top, summit; heaven, sky," also figuratively, "highest point of something," from Proto-Germanic *khrofam (cf. Old Frisian rhoof "roof," Middle Dutch roof, rouf "cover, roof," Dutch roef "deckhouse, cabin, coffin-lid," Middle High German rof "penthouse," Old Norse hrof "boat shed").
No apparent connections outside Germanic. "English alone has retained the word in a general sense, for which the other languages use forms corresponding to OE. þæc thatch" [OED]. Roof of the mouth is from late Old English. Raise the roof "create an uproar" is attested from 1860, originally in U.S. Southern dialect.
early 15c., from roof (n.). Related: Roofed; roofing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with roof
- roof over one's head, a
- go through the roof
- hit the ceiling (roof)
- like a cat on hot bricks (a hot tin roof)
- raise the roof