roar·​ing | \ ˈrȯr-iŋ How to pronounce roaring (audio) \

Definition of roaring

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : making or characterized by a sound resembling a roar : loud roaring applause
2 : marked by prosperity especially of a temporary nature : booming
3 : great in intensity or degree in the roaring heat a roaring success



Definition of roaring (Entry 2 of 3)

: extremely was roaring hungry— Herman Wouk



Definition of roaring (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Other Words from roaring


roaringly adverb

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The first Mazda 3 to grace the 10Best list was the first-generation Mazdaspeed 3, a rip-roaring, turbocharged, torque-steering hot hatch that won the award in 2007 and 2008. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 Early indications suggest complete devotion to an up-tempo offense based on fastbreaks, rip-roaring finishes and 3-point shots. Bruce Jenkins,, 18 Dec. 2020 What hard rock needed was a rip-roaring, full-on party band that could fill a stadium with shameless ecstasy. Kyle Smith, National Review, 6 Oct. 2020 His announcement spurred a roaring round of applause from the concert crowd. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 6 July 2019 The first of the four Warner Bros. movies, 2014's The Lego Movie, got off to a roaring start, netting $468 million worldwide and rave reviews on a budget of $60 million. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2020 His new push for giving is not off to a roaring start. Owen Thomas,, 8 Apr. 2020 Ending at the Horine Conference Center, where there will be a roaring fire, hot beverages, mocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 4 Feb. 2020 On most campuses, the season would be viewed a roaring success. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 8 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even the undead themselves are a bland bunch, marked by pasty, veiny countenances, gaping mouths and lots of generic roaring. Nick Schager, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 From its first, unexpected wiggle in its smallest incarnation to its villainous roaring laughter at the end, this homely green and mottled maneater had the audience's attention. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2021 The awe-inspiring Niagara Falls straddles the US-Canadian border, offering visitors on both sides expansive views and continuous roaring water. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2021 On a positive note, the roaring ‘20s echoed the flamboyant attitude and dress style, a sort of renovation. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2021 Washington turned to styles from the roaring '20s when conceptualizing Aurate's 2021 holiday capsule. Kaitlyn Frey,, 9 Nov. 2021 The latest, called ‘Be the Lead,’ draws inspiration from Jazz Age cinema and the leading ladies whose zest for life gave the 1920s its roaring reputation. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2021 The more adventurous might want to tackle the drive and camp solo -- expect plenty of near-vertical pitching in soft sand and quad-bikes roaring in the area. Sarah Walton, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 The boys players only got in four holes because of lightning, but the Lions were off to a roaring start. Brent Kennedy,, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of roaring


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined above


1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Roaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of roaring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very loud, active, or strong



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

: extremely or very


roar·​ing | \ ˈrȯr-iŋ How to pronounce roaring (audio) \

Kids Definition of roaring

: very active or strong a roaring business a roaring fire


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Medical Definition of roaring

: 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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