\ 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 Trouba’s strike, with just over two minutes left in the period, gave the Rangers the lead and caused the fans to roar so loudly, the press box bridge swayed high above the excitement. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Sometime during the second week of the occupation, several days after the power went out, the cows started to roar. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Looking to send a jolt through the gallery that stood five-deep in places hoping for a glimpse and a chance to roar, Woods instead spent most of the afternoon silently glaring at the hole or his putter — or both. Will Graves, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2022 Pets scurried through the home, violets grew in the garden and on Sept. 1, 1939, Nazi fighter planes began to roar overhead. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 As cash continued to roar through the banking system, nimble brokers and fund managers flocked to a formerly obscure financial instrument to swoop up the metastasizing debt: the collateralized loan obligation, or CLO. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 19 Jan. 2022 As the sound of bowling balls roar across the building, Verdoorn walks by Kevin Walter, the owner of Pinheads bowling alley. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Mar. 2022 The National Weather Service says the temperatures are generally 15 to 20 degrees above normal, and that similar or even higher temperatures are possible on Thursday, when hot, dry Santa Ana winds roar out of local inland canyons. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2022 Look for that machine to roar once more, perhaps by claiming that Reuters had it right the first time. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Atlanta using a Hack-A-Ben strategy to its advantage in the playoffs -- and Simmons swished one to the roar of the crowd. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, 22 June 2021 Now, that’s certainly not going to completely eliminate the roar of a plane that accompanies you throughout the flight. Andy Meek, BGR, 20 Apr. 2022 Pham, who chatted with many Padres players and general manager A.J. Preller before the game, received a much louder roar of boos in his second at-bat. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2022 The Electro looks and flies like an ordinary light aircraft, but absent the roar of internal combustion, its single propeller makes a sound like beating wings. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 Those cheers turned into a roar a short while later when San Diego’s Nikolas Brouillard dropped gloves for a fight with Taylor Ward. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 The crowd was electric with chants a plenty, sometimes overlapping one another into an indistinguishable roar. Nolan King, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2022 President @ZelenskyyUa has given the roar of that lion. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2022 The blackout also left nearly 170,000 customers without water, forced authorities to close some main roads, and snarled traffic elsewhere across the island of 3.2 million people, where the roar of generators and smell of diesel filled the air. Danica Coto, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 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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“Roar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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