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  1. Intensive; extreme.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      [] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes like
        Here's rattling good luck and roaring good cheer, / With lashings of food and great hogsheads of beer. []
  2. Very successful; lively.
    Synonyms: thriving, prosperous, bustling; see also Thesaurus:prosperous
    The ice-cream sellers did a roaring trade in the midday heat.
    • 1903, Robert Barr, The O'Ruddy Chapter 17
      But finally we came to a river with hundreds of boats upon it, and there was a magnificent bridge, and on the other bank was a roaring city, and through the fog the rain came down thick as the tears of the angels. "That 's London," said I.



  1. present participle of roar


roaring (plural roarings)

  1. A loud, deep, prolonged sound, as of a large beast; a roar.
  2. An affection of the windpipe of a horse, causing a loud, peculiar noise in breathing under exertion.
  3. (Britain Yorkshire, North Midlands, informal) to cry