- a portion of space within a building or other structure, separated by walls or partitions from other parts: a dining room.
- rooms, lodgings or quarters, as in a house or building.
- the persons present in a room: The whole room laughed.
- space or extent of space occupied by or available for something: The desk takes up too much room.
- opportunity or scope for something: room for improvement; room for doubt.
- status or a station in life considered as a place: He fought for room at the top.
- capacity: Her brain had no room for trivia.
- Mining. a working area cut between pillars.
- to occupy a room or rooms; lodge.
Origin of room
Synonyms for roomSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for roomingreside, abide, accommodate, squat, exist, bide, inhabit, feed, dine, invite, welcome, regale, treat, perch, house, rent, hostel, bunk, domicile, canton
Examples from the Web for rooming
Contemporary Examples of rooming
When I returned to the rooming house in the late afternoon, I found a handwritten note pinned to the front door.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
From a second-story window of a rooming house covered with red brick-patterned tarpaper comes the sound of a blues harmonica.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
His life as the child of a vaudeville couple was one-step above living in the circus—cheap hotels and rooming houses were home.Mickey Rooney Was Hollywood’s Golden Age Showman
April 7, 2014
Robinson signed on for $63.25 a month and moved into a rooming house.Eddie Robinson, College Football’s Winningest Coach
Samuel G. Freedman
August 23, 2013
He fancied himself a Marxist, lived in rooming houses under aliases and was a furtive, nasty man.Read This Book to Understand Lee Harvey Oswald
August 2, 2013
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
"I hear I'm rooming with you," said Stover, shaking hands with the Shad.The Varmint
“Come in and have a talk,” invited Ricky, as they entered the rooming house.Baseball Joe at Yale
- 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?
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)