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 roofed
Above the actual dome is the Golden Gallery, and then the lantern, roofed with a dome bearing the ball and cross.The Cathedrals of Great Britain|P. H. Ditchfield
Driftwood was collected, pits were dug and roofed, and provisions were brought from the ship.Vitus Bering: the Discoverer of Bering Strait|Peter Lauridsen
The place was a network of trenches with connecting passages, roofed over with timber, raupo, and toetoe reeds and earth.The adventures of Kimble Bent|James Cowan
Most of these were taken from little vaults of adobes, roofed with sticks and rushes.The Ceramic Art|Jennie J. Young
A short distance away were a large number of roughly-constructed huts, roofed with boughs of trees.With Wolfe in Canada|G. A. Henty
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