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roar·​ing ˈrȯr-iŋ How to pronounce roaring (audio)
: making or characterized by a sound resembling a roar : loud
roaring applause
: marked by prosperity especially of a temporary nature : booming
: great in intensity or degree
in the roaring heat
a roaring success
roaringly adverb


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: extremely
was roaring hungryHerman Wouk


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: noisy inhalation in a horse especially upon exercising that is caused by paralysis and muscular atrophy of part of the larynx

Examples of roaring in a Sentence

Adjective a roaring party that annoyed the neighbors mightily the roaring mining town attracted job seekers eager to share in the boom Adverb We had a roaring good time. we had a roaring good time at the party
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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined above


1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roaring was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Roaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: very active or strong
a roaring fire
does a roaring business
a roaring headache

Medical Definition


roar·​ing -iŋ How to pronounce roaring (audio)
: noisy inhalation in a horse especially upon exercising that is caused by paralysis and muscular atrophy of part of the larynx compare grunting, thick wind

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