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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Preller has been a rip-roaring, bar-stool debate in San Diego, which has been engrossed by his willingness to fight for big names and big contracts once thought to be reserved for the likes of L.A., New York, Boston and Chicago. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 It’s a rip-roaring romp that combines black comedy with Hitchcockian horror and social realism—a fable about two clans, one destitute but ambitious and the other naive and wealthy, whose lives become intertwined. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 12 May 2022 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The House of Commons was packed — and roaring, filled with the usual insults and point scoring, as is typical in the weekly session known as Prime Minister’s Questions, a gladiatorial contest for debaters who graduated from Oxford and Cambridge. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 With her newfound passion roaring, Kelly’s tenure at Noisey was (unbeknownst to her) winding to a close. Niko Stratis, SPIN, 23 May 2022 The roaring 20s are back (for one night only): Take a step back in time by wearing your finest flapper dresses, embellished headbands and glitzy accessories to match. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 21 June 2022 Dior roaring with newborn power and dominating because of that newness; Balenciaga midcareer and moving inexorably toward his late-period transcendence in the 1960s. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The Bronco Raptor is more efficient than its closest rival, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, but the Jeep is powered by a roaring V-8. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 24 May 2022 The opening-night crowd burst into applause during several numbers and showered the performers with a roaring, standing ovation once the curtains closed. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 The inaugural Tiger 5K road race and Fun Run got off to a roaring start May 14, with a little help from Travis Kelce and the founding brothers of Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 18 May 2022 Just to the east of central Oslo, Grønland hosted a funfair where ice cream vendors did a roaring trade. David Nikel, Forbes, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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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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