\ 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

In roaring luxury markets from Manhattan to San Francisco over the past few years, buyers were a piteous bunch. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "Agents Face the Return of The Bold Buyer," 6 Mar. 2019 The message focused on Republicans’ chief legislative accomplishment: the $1.5 trillion tax cuts that Republicans said would pad the pockets of middle-class America and send the American economy roaring. Tara Golshan, Vox, "House Republicans have a new messenger: Liz Cheney," 14 Nov. 2018 As throngs of Yankees fans roared at Camden Yards, Yacabonis shook off the home run to strike out Clint Frazier and force Neil Walker and Brandon Drury to to fly out and ground out, respectively. Katherine Fominykh,, "Three months after disastrous debut, Orioles' Jimmy Yacabonis gets a do-over vs. Yankees," 10 July 2018 But when the labor market is roaring, businesses will go a long way to attract and keep good employees. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Two Tacos and a B.A., Please," 13 Jan. 2019 There are just a few of us standing around while these big, bizarre creatures, whose pendulous noses hang down past their mouths, honk and roar at each other while bickering over guavas. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 And the manner in which some died — trapped between barred windows and roaring flames — echoes this. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 An underdog Russia toppling one of the great teams of modern soccer, while screams rained down and patriotic chants roared around Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium? Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Whatever happens, Vladimir Putin is winning the World Cup," 1 July 2018 There were super high scores, terrific quarterbacks and the biggest game of the season, featuring two high-octane offenses, was set up to be the perfect showcase for the rip-roaring exhibition that modern football had evolved into. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "New England Patriots Win Super Bowl LIII," 3 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The mentions of that racially-fraught topic drew a roar from his supporters in the House chamber, and little from the opposing side. Cathleen Decker,, "In State of the Union speech, a milder-sounding Trump leans on the same divisive issues," 31 Jan. 2018 Despite the out roar against the film, Kathy is standing by it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About Zac Efron's New Ted Bundy Movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"," 29 Jan. 2019 But those voices have struggled, at times, to be heard above the roar of the site’s most incendiary figures. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 The crowd’s challenge was to match the thunderous roars of the Mexican faithful who have descended on Russian stadiums, declaring their side the home team at venues that are continents and oceans from their homeland. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 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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