[room, room]


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 formsun·der·room, noun

Synonyms for room Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rooming

Contemporary Examples of rooming

Historical Examples of rooming

  • Another day and she was rooming with a Junior who was a hard student.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • He dodged a motor-car that was rooming down the hill and crossed to his captain.

    The Secret Wireless

    Lewis E. Theiss

  • "You, Priscilla, are rooming with—" She adjusted her lorgnette and consulted a large chart.

    Just Patty

    Jean Webster

  • "I hear I'm rooming with you," said Stover, shaking hands with the Shad.

    The Varmint

    Owen Johnson

  • “Come in and have a talk,” invited Ricky, as they entered the rooming house.

    Baseball Joe at Yale

    Lester Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for rooming



space or extent, esp unoccupied or unobstructed space for a particular purposeis there room to pass?
an area within a building enclosed by a floor, a ceiling, and walls or partitionssitting room; dining room
(functioning as singular or plural) the people present in a roomthe whole room was laughing
(foll by for) opportunity or scoperoom for manoeuvre
(plural) a part of a house, hotel, etc, that is rented out as separate accommodation; lodgingsshe got rooms in town
a euphemistic word for lavatory (def. 1)


(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 rooming



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with rooming


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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