roar

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English rārian, from Germanic. Cognate with German röhren.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

roar (third-person singular simple present roars, present participle roaring, simple past and past participle roared)

  1. (intransitive) To make a loud, deep cry, especially from pain, anger, or other strong emotion.
    • Dryden
      Sole on the barren sands, the suffering chief / Roared out for anguish, and indulged his grief.
  2. To laugh in a particularly loud manner.
    The audience roared at his jokes.
  3. Of animals (especially the lion), to make a loud deep noise.
    The lioness roared to scare off the hyenas.
    • Spenser
      Roaring bulls he would him make to tame.
  4. Generally, of inanimate objects etc., to make a loud resounding noise.
    • Milton
      The brazen throat of war had ceased to roar.
    • Gray
      How oft I crossed where carts and coaches roar.
  5. (figuratively) To proceed vigorously.
    • 2011 January 25, Phil McNulty, “Blackpool 2-3 Man Utd”, BBC:
      United's attempt to extend their unbeaten league sequence to 23 games this season looked to be in shreds as the Seasiders - managed by Ian Holloway - roared into a fully deserved two-goal lead at the interval.
  6. (transitive) To cry aloud; to proclaim loudly.
    • Ford
      This last action will roar thy infamy.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I made a speaking trumpet of my hands and commenced to whoop “Ahoy!” and “Hello!” at the top of my lungs. […] The Colonel woke up, and, after asking what in brimstone was the matter, opened his mouth and roared “Hi!” and “Hello!” like the bull of Bashan.
  7. To be boisterous; to be disorderly.
    • Bishop Burnet
      It was a mad, roaring time, full of extravagance.
  8. To make a loud noise in breathing, as horses do when they have a certain disease.

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Noun[edit]

roar (plural roars)

  1. A long, loud, deep shout made with the mouth wide open.
  2. The cry of the lion.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
      The Winkies were not a brave people, but they had to do as they were told. So they marched away until they came near to Dorothy. Then the Lion gave a great roar and sprang towards them, and the poor Winkies were so frightened that they ran back as fast as they could.
  3. The deep cry of the bull.
  4. A loud resounding noise.
    the roar of a motorbike
    • 1944, Ernie Pyle, Brave Men, University of Nebraska Press (2001), page 107:
      "Those lovely valleys and mountains were filled throughout the day and night with the roar of heavy shooting."
  5. A show of strength or character.

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Verb[edit]

roar

  1. present tense of roa.