verb \ˈrr\

: to make the loud sound of a wild animal (such as a lion)

: to make a long, loud sound

: to laugh loudly

Full Definition of ROAR

intransitive verb
a :  to utter or emit a full loud prolonged sound
b :  to sing or shout with full force
a :  to make or emit a loud confused sound (as background reverberation or rumbling)
b :  to laugh loudly
a :  to be boisterous or disorderly
b :  to proceed or rush with great noise or commotion
:  to make a loud noise during inhalation (as that of a horse affected with roaring)
transitive verb
:  to utter or proclaim with a roar
:  to cause to roar

Examples of ROAR

  1. We heard a lion roar in the distance.
  2. The joke got the crowd roaring.
  3. The crowd roared its approval.
  4. She roared at him for being late.

Origin of ROAR

Middle English roren, from Old English rārian; akin to Old High German rērēn to bleat
First Known Use: before 12th century



: the loud sound of a wild animal (such as a lion)

: a loud, low sound that continues for a long time

Full Definition of ROAR

:  the deep cry of a wild animal (as a lion)
:  a loud deep cry (as of pain or anger)
:  a loud continuous confused sound <the roar of the crowd>
:  a boisterous outcry

Examples of ROAR

  1. the roar of the airplane engines
  2. the roar of the river

First Known Use of ROAR

14th century


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