\ 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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Public health experts have long warned that the virus could roar back when the days grew colder, driving people indoors, where the risk of transmission is far greater. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Europe, Which Thought It Had the Virus Tamed, Faces a Resurgence," 14 Oct. 2020 Even at only 6 weeks old, a lion cub is ready to roar — even if the sound is as soft and squeaky as a house kitten’s cry. Dallas News, "A-roar-able: 3 newborn lion cubs set to make their public debut at Dallas Zoo," 30 Sep. 2020 As the small and medium fuels start to roar, add larger wood on top, leaning them over the fire against the base log. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Campting: How to Camp in the Cold Like a Pro," 5 Oct. 2020 Tire roar on the highway is faint, and even rough roads and pavement seams produce only distant thumps from the wheel wells. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback Whispers Electric Luxury," 28 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, fires have continued to roar across parts of Washington state, with more than 500 square miles burned on Monday alone, according to Gov. Jay Inslee. Editors, USA TODAY, "West Coast wildfires, Texans-Chiefs, Trump heads to Michigan: 5 things to know Thursday," 10 Sep. 2020 First comes young Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) humping his way through a Korean War trench battle while planes roar overhead and dramatic music swells. Peter Rubin, Wired, "Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Re-Imagining of Genre Fiction," 17 Aug. 2020 Evacuation orders expanded to more mountain communities Monday as the Creek Fire continued to roar through California’s Sierra National Forest. Chronicle Staff,, "California Wildfires: Live Updates Sept. 6-7," 8 Sep. 2020 But security failures at quarantine hotels for returning travelers and poor communication of critical information to migrant communities allowed the virus to roar back in Victoria. Ed Johnson,, "Australia Warns of Economic Pain as Melbourne Lockdown Extended," 6 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cole then struck out Manuel Margot with 100.1 mile an hour fastball, pumped his fist and let out what sounded like a primal roar that rolled through the nearly-empty stadium. Kristie Ackert,, "Yankees’ postseason rampage continues as Giancarlo Stanton grand slam caps blowout Game 1 win," 6 Oct. 2020 More than 3,100 tons – about 758,000 gallons – of water, plunge over the falls every second producing a rhythmic roar that is both felt and heard. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Niagara Falls: Free admission and other things you may not know about this tourist spot," 27 Sep. 2020 The roar of the Dragon will be heard no more, at least on this season of The Masked Singer. Lauren Huff,, "The Dragon on The Masked Singer wants to come back on the show 'in a whole new way'," 24 Sep. 2020 One morning around 3:30, he was awakened by a loud roar from outside. Washington Post, "The District is ready for its close-up: More memories of D.C. films," 26 Aug. 2020 But the roar of the crowd wasn’t reserved just for the headliners, as Newman knows from personal experience. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Beatles at Balboa Stadium in 1965? Tony Newman shared the stage: ‘That show was something else!’," 23 Aug. 2020 Woods was making a charge in 2011 when two reporters waiting to cross the eighth fairway heard a roar that rattled the pines. Doug Ferguson, Star Tribune, "No roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fans," 12 Aug. 2020 Its roar, punctuated by explosions, stunned Clasen, a county firefighter who had never dealt with wildfire. Richard Read, oregonlive, "Inside the battle to save Breitenbush," 22 Sep. 2020 On the bus to MetLife Stadium, the group banter built to a raucous, fraternal roar. Kent Russell, Harper's Magazine, "America’s Game," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of roar was before the 12th century

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20 Oct 2020

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“Roar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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