\ 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

Examples of roar in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun the roar of the airplane engines the roar of the river See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first, in real time, prompted a jubilant, triumphal roar. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Keep an eye on last season’s Cup Series winner, Kyle Larson, who was given the highest odds by to win at Fontana and could roar back onto the scene after an accident at Daytona caused a 32nd-place finish. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2022 Five pitches later, Suarez painted a 2-and-2 fastball to punch out Trevor Story, turning to pump his fist and roar. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 On the other hand, the hottest markets should continue to roar in the double-digits, though probably not at their incredible current speeds. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 26 June 2022 At 10:30 Sunday morning 200 motorcycles will start up and roar in unison to announce that Pride is back after a two-year, too-quiet absence. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 June 2022 That’s why the gleaming black mountain walls rise to a mighty temple where the sounds of eternity can freely roar. WSJ, 17 June 2022 Meanwhile, as the orange flames roar incessantly into the sky, young environmentalists vow to keep up the pressure. Anastasia Moloney, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 This spring, that roar sounds uncomfortably loud, as companies cope with soaring inflation and the growing likelihood that sky-high prices and labor shortages will help tip the economy into recession. Alan Murray, Fortune, 24 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The gasoline era of Cadillac performance vehicles is going out with a roar, not a whimper. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2022 Suddenly there’s a roar, like the sound of a jet taking off. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, 13 July 2022 From the entrance of the farm, the perpetual roar of the 101 and the anxiety of Los Angeles fade away, replaced with rustling trees and the occasional bray of a horse. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 5 July 2022 The roar of a lion, the speed of a cheetah or the chameleon’s ability to blend in? Jodie Cook, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Just the occasional dull roar of the hot-air balloon’s igniter and the digital squawk of the pilot’s walkie-talkie followed by his steady-voiced exchanges about weather and elevation. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The thing that was most unexpected was that the wind was picking up in my microphone and creating a roar on stage, which annihilated my mix. Chris Willman, Variety, 18 Apr. 2022 The roar, just one of many as the Padres fully roared to life in 2022. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 The blaring roar of cars, brisk footsteps of office workers, and the vibrant voices of children echo through a dim grocery store parking lot. Byhyerim Lee, ABC News, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for roar


\ 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: The Cross of Lead
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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