verb (used without object)
- room and board,
- room clerk,
- room divider,
- room father,
- room mother
Origin of room
Examples from the Web for room
Toomey glides around the room like a Brazilian capoeira dancer.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One day he and some of his roommates were cleaning their room and one of the guys threw the dustpan out into the hall.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Barry showed me his room—a one bedroom with a killer view of Riverbank State Park and the Hudson.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Which is why you should: “Clap along, if you feel like a room without a roof.”
They locked eyes across the room but they initially said nothing to one another.
The young men had engaged a room at Bertolini's hotel, on the Lungarno.Aaron's Rod|D. H. Lawrence
The same thought had come to Hubert Varrick as he paced wearily up and down his own room.Kidnapped at the Altar|Laura Jean Libbey
But it won't be much use unless you can carry me upstairs and lock me in my room.Mr. Prohack|E. Arnold Bennett
"We shall not forget what you have told us," said Gilbert, as the wreck prepared to leave the room.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn|Robert Machray
The boys, and those in the room, caught a glimpse of the old miner as he hurried past the window after the gambler.Two Boy Gold Miners|Frank V. Webster
Word Origin for room
Old English rum "space" (extent or time); "scope, opportunity," from Proto-Germanic *ruman (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic rum, German Raum "space," Dutch ruim "hold of a ship, nave"), nouns formed from Germanic adjective *ruma- "roomy, spacious," from PIE root *reue- "to open; space" (cf. Avestan ravah- "space," Latin rus "open country," Old Irish roi, roe "plain field," Old Church Slavonic ravinu "level," Russian raviina "a plain," Polish rum "space"). Old English also had a frequent adjective rum "roomy, wide, long, spacious."
Original sense preserved in make room "clear space for oneself" (late 14c.); meaning "chamber, cabin" first recorded early 14c. as a nautical term, and first applied mid-15c. to chambers within houses. The Old English word for this was cofa, ancestor of cove. Room-service is attested from 1913; room-temperature from 1879. Roomth "sufficient space" (1530s) now is obsolete.
"to occupy rooms" (especially with another) as a lodger," 1828, from room (n.). Related: Roomed; rooming. Rooming-house is from 1889. In Old English (rumian) and Middle English the verb meant "become clear of obstacles; make clear of, evict."
In addition to the idiom beginning with room
- room and board
- not enough room to swing a cat
- take up space (room)