roar

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See also: Roar and róar

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English roren, raren, from Old English rārian (to roar; wail; lament), from Proto-Germanic *rairāną (to bellow; roar), from Proto-Indo-European *rey- (to shout; bellow; yell; bark), perhaps of imitative origin.

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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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Roaring bulls he would him make to tame.
  4. Generally, of inanimate objects etc., to make a loud resounding noise.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      The brazen throat of war had ceased to roar.
    • (Can we date this quote by Gray and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      How oft I crossed where carts and coaches roar.
  5. (figuratively) To proceed vigorously.
    • 2011 January 25, Phil McNulty, “Blackpool 2-3 Man Utd”, in 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Ford and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      This last action will roar thy infamy.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Burnet and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
  9. (Britain Yorkshire, North Midlands, informal) to cry

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Noun[edit]

roar (plural roars)

  1. A long, loud, deep shout, as of rage or laughter, 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.