\ ˈrȯr How to pronounce roar (audio) \
roared; roaring; roars

Definition of roar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to utter or emit a full loud prolonged sound
b : to sing or shout with full force
2a : to make or emit a loud confused sound (such as background reverberation or rumbling)
b : to laugh loudly
3a : to be boisterous or disorderly
b : to proceed or rush with great noise or commotion
4 : to make a loud noise during inhalation (such as that of a horse affected with roaring)

transitive verb

1 : to utter or proclaim with a roar
2 : to cause to roar



Definition of roar (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the deep cry of a wild animal (such as a lion)
2 : a loud deep cry (as of pain or anger)
3 : a loud continuous confused sound the roar of the crowd
4 : a boisterous outcry

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Examples of roar in a Sentence


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


the roar of the airplane engines the roar of the river
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But what really got the in-studio audience roaring was when Aidy and Kate started going back and forth (as Joy and Meghan often do on the real show). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Speak Out After 'SNL' Skit," 15 Apr. 2019 Courtois bounced to his feet, clenched his fist and roared. Jonathan Wilson,, "Belgium's Golden Generation Shines Brightest in Ousting Brazil From World Cup," 6 July 2018 But with their season on the line and forced to play in the hottest part of the day, coach Richard Gatlin’s crew responded accordingly, roaring past the Crosby all-stars 19-5 in a Section Tournament elimination contest. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Mustang all-stars clinch berth to Coast Region the hard way," 30 June 2018 SpaceNews takes a deep dive into how the company has come roaring back in recent months with new investment. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Firefly resurrected, World View accident, Bezos to talk space," 10 Aug. 2018 After decades of disappointment, England’s Lions aren’t roaring too loudly these days. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "2018 World Cup: Previewing everything from Messi and Ronaldo to the best teams and matches," 13 June 2018 Despite the setback, Bradie came roaring back with a stellar 2017-2018 season, taking bronze home at the Bridgestone Skate America grand prix last November — the only U.S. woman to land a medal. Leanna Commins, Cosmopolitan, "10 Things To Know About Bradie Tennell, Olympic Figure Skating Surprise," 11 Jan. 2018 Sam Neill's gruff/rugged I-don't-want-to-be-a-dad performance as Dr. Alan Grant, its introduction of Laura Dern to an entire generation, that one scene where the T-Rex roars and the WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH banner falls to the ground. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "The Best Part of Jurassic Park Is Its Music," 11 June 2018 The court announced the verdict in Delhi, as roaring and emotional crowds of people outside cheered and rights activists hugged, according to CNN. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "India Decriminalized Same Sex Intercourse," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other times, the thunderous roar of self-doubt threatens to drown me right there in my bed. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "It’s Beyond Refreshing That Even Beyoncé Experiences Self-Doubt as a Mother," 17 Apr. 2019 In Week 2 of the 2017 season, Younghoe Koo, the Chargers kicker at the time, missed a field goal at the end of regulation to lose to the visiting Dolphins, and QB Philip Rivers said that missed kick produced the loudest roar of the crowd all day. Andy Benoit,, "Chargers Are Ready to Claim Their Piece of the Los Angeles Sports Market," 20 June 2018 Anyone who has watched a college basketball game in Las Vegas knows the sound, the eerie blend of roars and groans. Mark Zeigler,, "Should we really be gambling on 19-year-old college kids?," 1 June 2018 But for one young bridesmaid, the romance of the moment was clearly lost in the roar of the crowd. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "People Really Want to Know Where the Hilariously Grumpy Girl From Prince William and Kate Middleton's Wedding Is," 19 May 2018 At midnight, when Diana Ross, spectacular in a silver halter jumpsuit and mountainous hair, strutted to the microphone, the room rose to a roar. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Kendall, Hailey, Cara! Models Galore Came Out to the Opening of Edition Hotels’s Times Square Outpost," 13 Mar. 2019 The remark was met by an approving roar from a young crowd that was eager to embrace progressive themes of inclusiveness, on a night that was like a Tumblr gathering in the flesh. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Harry Styles cuts new musical path at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit," 27 June 2018 As is usually the case that early, the lower bowl was fairly empty, but the duo got a roar from the crowds in the upper deck. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Slim Thug, Paul Wall perform Still Tippin before Rockets game," 28 May 2018 Those who spoke to a reporter at the scene Saturday morning had to shout at times in order to be heard over the roar of traffic on Morton Street, which is a four-lane road. John Hilliard,, "Pedestrian killed in late night crash in Mattapan," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of roar


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roar


Middle English roren, from Old English rārian; akin to Old High German rērēn to bleat

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English Language Learners Definition of roar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the loud sound of a wild animal (such as a lion)
: to make a long, loud sound
: to laugh loudly



English Language Learners Definition of roar (Entry 2 of 2)

: the loud sound of a wild animal (such as a lion)
: a loud, low sound that continues for a long time


\ ˈrȯr How to pronounce roar (audio) \
roared; roaring

Kids Definition of roar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a long loud sound The engine roared.
2 : to laugh loudly
3 : to say loudly “Bread is never free, boy,” he roared.— Avi, Crispin
4 : to move with a loud noise … all jumped into the sheriff's car and roared away …— Robert McCloskey, Homer Price



Kids Definition of roar (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long shout, bellow, or loud noise

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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