[ room, room ]
/ rum, rʊm /


verb (used without object)

to occupy a room or rooms; lodge.

Nearby words

  1. rooinek,
  2. rook,
  3. rookery,
  4. rookie,
  5. rooky,
  6. room and board,
  7. room clerk,
  8. room divider,
  9. room father,
  10. room mother

Origin of room

before 900; Middle English roum(e), Old English rūm; cognate with Dutch ruim, German Raum

Related formsun·der·room, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for room


/ (ruːm, rʊm) /



(intr) mainly US to occupy or share a room or lodgingwhere does he room?
Derived Formsroomer, noun

Word Origin for room

Old English rūm; related to Gothic, Old High German rūm

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Word Origin and History for room
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Idioms and Phrases with room


In addition to the idiom beginning with room

  • room and board

also see:

  • not enough room to swing a cat
  • take up space (room)
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