[ room, room ]
/ rum, rʊm /


verb (used without object)

to occupy a room or rooms; lodge.

Origin of room

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

Related forms

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

Examples from the Web for room

British Dictionary definitions for room


/ (ruːm, rʊm) /



(intr) mainly US to occupy or share a room or lodgingwhere does he room?

Derived Forms

roomer, noun

Word Origin for room

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