\ 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 That’s why the gleaming black mountain walls rise to a mighty temple where the sounds of eternity can freely roar. WSJ, 17 June 2022 Meanwhile, as the orange flames roar incessantly into the sky, young environmentalists vow to keep up the pressure. Anastasia Moloney, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 This spring, that roar sounds uncomfortably loud, as companies cope with soaring inflation and the growing likelihood that sky-high prices and labor shortages will help tip the economy into recession. Alan Murray, Fortune, 24 May 2022 The throaty roar of a nearby lion startled me out of my reverie. Christine Chitnis, ELLE, 24 May 2022 The result is the most immersive flight simulator audiences will have ever experienced, right down to the great Dolby roar of engines vibrating through their seats. Peter Debruge, Variety, 12 May 2022 Debris piles mark the water’s edge as trucks roar past on highways. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2022 Instead of flat-screen TVs, giant windows provide entertainment; the idea is to watch as winds roar around the hotel, smearing clouds like van Gogh brushstrokes. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2022 Panthers roar Much like Sunday's meeting in Detroit, when the Wings started well only to be shredded in a 6-1 loss, the Panthers scored in bunches to claim the lead. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone came out to a roar of applause at Paramount Global’s upfront presentation Wednesday. Michael Schneider, Variety, 23 May 2022 With the infrasound microphones, which are on all the time, scientists have also heard the roar of volcanoes, the dance of the aurora and — once in a while — the sonic pathway left behind by a fiery object that plunges toward Earth in a few blinks. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2021 As evening fell on IMS May 26, 2002, after the roar of engines and crowds of people had dissolved, hundreds of reporters roamed with nothing to report. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 When Smart buried a 3 to cut the Heat lead to 72-62, the guttural roar of the Garden crowd may well have shaken the trains in North Station below off their tracks. Globe Staff,, 22 May 2022 This was followed by a roar that would rouse the tigers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden from their afternoon naps. Jordan Kellogg, The Enquirer, 8 Feb. 2022 The nearby railroad tracts have gone quiet, replaced by the muffled roar of the 91 Freeway. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Step out the door of the small international airport and you are buffeted from across the road by the roar of helicopters ferrying crews back and forth to oil platforms scattered across the North Sea. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 The gasp of surprise as Cazares went down, followed by the roar, made Morrell feel right at home. Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 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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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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