Roar Roar, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Roared}; p. pr. & vvb. n. {Roaring}.] [OE. roren, raren, AS. r[=a]rian; akin to G. r["o]hten, OHG. r?r?n. [root]112.] 1. To cry with a full, loud, continued sound. Specifically: (a) To bellow, or utter a deep, loud cry, as a lion or other beast. [1913 Webster]

Roaring bulls he would him make to tame. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] (b) To cry loudly, as in pain, distress, or anger. [1913 Webster]

Sole on the barren sands, the suffering chief Roared out for anguish, and indulged his grief. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

He scorned to roar under the impressions of a finite anger. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. To make a loud, confused sound, as winds, waves, passing vehicles, a crowd of persons when shouting together, or the like. [1913 Webster]

The brazen throat of war had ceased to roar. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

How oft I crossed where carts and coaches roar. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

3. To be boisterous; to be disorderly. [1913 Webster]

It was a mad, roaring time, full of extravagance. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

4. To laugh out loudly and continuously; as, the hearers roared at his jokes. [1913 Webster]

5. To make a loud noise in breathing, as horses having a certain disease. See {Roaring}, 2. [1913 Webster]

{Roaring boy}, a roaring, noisy fellow; -- name given, at the latter end Queen Elizabeth's reign, to the riotous fellows who raised disturbances in the street. ``Two roaring boys of Rome, that made all split.'' --Beau. & Fl.

{Roaring forties} (Naut.), a sailor's name for the stormy tract of ocean between 40[deg] and 50[deg] north latitude. [1913 Webster]

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  • roaring — roar‧ing [ˈrɔːrɪŋ] adjective do a roaring trade ( in something) informal COMMERCE to sell a lot of something very quickly: • The food sellers were doing a roaring trade in spiced sausages. * * * roaring UK US /rɔːrɪŋ/ adjective [before noun] ● …   Financial and business terms

  • roaring — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ complete; unqualified: a roaring success. ● do a roaring trade (or business) Cf. ↑do a roaring trade ● the roaring forties Cf. ↑the roaring forties ● the roaring twenties …   English terms dictionary

  • roaring — [rôr′iŋ] n. 1. the act of an animal, person, etc. that roars 2. the loud, deep sound made by an animal, etc. that roars 3. a disease of horses, characterized by loud, hoarse, rasping breathing adj. 1. a) that roars; loud; noisy b) boisterous,… …   English World dictionary

  • Roaring — Roar ing, n. 1. A loud, deep, prolonged sound, as of a large beast, or of a person in distress, anger, mirth, etc., or of a noisy congregation. [1913 Webster] 2. (Far.) An affection of the windpipe of a horse, causing a loud, peculiar noise in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roaring — roar|ing [ˈro:rıŋ] adj 1.) [only before noun] making a deep, very loud, continuous noise ▪ the roaring wind and waves 2.) roaring fire a fire that burns with a lot of flames and heat 3.) do a roaring trade (in sth) BrE informal to sell a lot of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • roaring — adjective 1 (only before noun) making a deep, very loud, continuous noise: the roaring wind and waves 2 roaring fire a roaring fire burns with a lot of flames and heat 3 do a roaring trade (in) BrE informal to sell a lot of something very quickly …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • roaring — roar|ing [ rɔrıŋ ] adjective 1. ) a roaring fire burns very brightly and produces a lot of heat 2. ) making a loud deep noise: a roaring waterfall be a roaring success BRITISH to be very successful: The show was not the roaring success he… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • roaring — roaringly, adv. /rawr ing, rohr /, n. 1. the act of a person, animal, or thing that roars. 2. a loud, deep cry or sound or a series of such sounds. 3. Vet. Pathol. a disease of horses, caused by respiratory obstruction or vocal cord paralysis,… …   Universalium

  • roaring — [[t]rɔ͟ːrɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n A roaring fire has large flames and is sending out a lot of heat. 2) ADJ: ADJ n If something is a roaring success, it is very successful indeed. The government s first effort to privatize a company has been a… …   English dictionary

  • roaring — UK [ˈrɔːrɪŋ] / US [ˈrɔrɪŋ] adjective 1) a roaring fire burns very brightly and produces a lot of heat 2) making a loud deep noise a roaring waterfall • do a roaring trade (in something) to sell large quantities of something in a short period of… …   English dictionary

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