- the external upper covering of a house or other building.
- a frame for supporting this: an open-timbered roof.
- the highest part or summit: The Himalayas are the roof of the world.
- something that in form or position resembles the roof of a house, as the top of a car, the upper part of the mouth, etc.
- a house.
- Mining. the rock immediately above a horizontal mineral deposit.
- to provide or cover with a roof.
- go through the roof,
- 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.
- raise the roof, Informal.
- 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
Related Words for roofhouse, ceiling, parapet, covering, shelter, slate, crown, dome, cupola, summit, rafter, canopy, truss, gable, palate, gambrel
Examples from the Web for roof
Contemporary Examples of roof
Which is why you should: “Clap along, if you feel like a room without a roof.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
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
December 24, 2014
Some wielding signs hit the roof, windshield, and body of the car I was traveling in.It’s Time to Hold Protesters Accountable
December 4, 2014
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
December 2, 2014
From the roof of the barn is a long loop of rope, through this the turkey is suspended by its legs.Confessions of a Turkey Killer
November 26, 2014
Historical Examples of roof
Finished the hut, pugging it at the ends, and making the roof better.Explorations in Australia
Never, while she lived, would she dwell beneath John Lambert's roof again.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It was a great room, but the roof came down to the floor nearly all round.
Going higher yet, till she all but reached the roof, the stair brought her to a door.
It might be an evil start to come to his door so late and claim the shelter of his roof.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a structure that covers or forms the top of a building
- (in combination)the rooftop
- (as modifier)a roof garden
- the top covering of a vehicle, oven, or other structurethe roof of a car
- anatomy any structure that covers an organ or partthe roof of the mouth
- a highest or topmost point or partMount Everest is the roof of the world
- a house or other sheltera poor man's roof
- mountaineering the underside of a projecting overhang
- hit the roof or go through the roof informal
- to get extremely angry; become furious
- to rise or increase steeply
- raise the roof
- to create a boisterous disturbance
- to react or protest heatedly
- (tr) to provide or cover with a roof or rooflike part
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.
- The upper surface of an anatomical structure, especially one having a vaulted inner structure.
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