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roaring

[rawr-ing, rohr-] /ˈrɔr ɪŋ, ˈroʊr-/
noun
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.
Veterinary Pathology. a disease of horses, caused by respiratory obstruction or vocal cord paralysis, and characterized by loud or rough breathing sounds.
adjective
4.
making or causing a roar, as an animal or thunder.
5.
brisk or highly successful, as trade:
He did a roaring business selling watches to tourists.
6.
characterized by noisy, disorderly behavior; boisterous; riotous:
roaring revelry.
7.
complete; utter; out-and-out:
a roaring idiot; a roaring success.
adverb
8.
very; extremely:
roaring drunk.
Origin of roaring
1000
before 1000; Middle English roryng (noun, adj.), Old English rarung (noun). See roar, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
roaringly, adverb

roar

[rawr, rohr] /rɔr, roʊr/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a loud, deep cry or howl, as in excitement, distress, or anger.
2.
to laugh loudly or boisterously:
to roar at a joke.
3.
to make a loud sound or din, as thunder, cannon, waves, or wind.
4.
to function or move with a loud, deep sound, as a vehicle:
The automobile roared away.
5.
to make a loud noise in breathing, as a horse.
verb (used with object)
6.
to utter or express in a roar:
to roar denials.
7.
to bring, put, make, etc., by roaring:
to roar oneself hoarse.
noun
8.
a loud, deep cry or howl, as of an animal or a person:
the roar of a lion.
9.
a loud, confused, constant noise or sound; din; clamor:
the roar of the surf; the roar of lively conversation from the crowded party.
10.
a loud outburst:
a roar of laughter; a roar of approval from the audience.
Origin
before 900; Middle English roren (v.), Old English rārian; cognate with Old High German rēren to bellow
Related forms
roarer, noun
outroar, verb (used with object)
underroarer, noun
Synonyms
1. bawl, yell. See cry. 3. resound, boom, thunder, peal.
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  • The tree went off simply like a rocket; in three seconds it was a roaring pillar of fire.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
  • On a rock, amid the roaring water, Lies Cassiopea's gentle daughter.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Then they piled on great dead boughs till they had a roaring furnace, and were gladhearted once more.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Their walk was a delight to him, their roaring gallop a frenzy of eager sensation.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Asa Make tracks, pack up, and emigrate to the roaring old state of Vermont, and live 'long with mother.

    Our American Cousin Tom Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for roaring

roaring

/ˈrɔːrɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(informal) very brisk and profitable (esp in the phrase a roaring trade)
2.
(Austral) the roaring days, the period of the Australian goldrushes
3.
(Irish, derogatory, informal) (intensifier): a roaring communist
adverb
4.
noisily or boisterously (esp in the phrase roaring drunk)
noun
5.
a loud prolonged cry
6.
a debilitating breathing defect of horses characterized by rasping sounds with each breath: caused by inflammation of the respiratory tract or obstruction of the larynx Compare whistling
Derived Forms
roaringly, adverb

roar

/rɔː/
verb (mainly intransitive)
1.
(of lions and other animals) to utter characteristic loud growling cries
2.
(also transitive) (of people) to utter (something) with a loud deep cry, as in anger or triumph
3.
to laugh in a loud hearty unrestrained manner
4.
(of horses) to breathe with laboured rasping sounds See roaring (sense 6)
5.
(of the wind, waves, etc) to blow or break loudly and violently, as during a storm
6.
(of a fire) to burn fiercely with a roaring sound
7.
(of a machine, gun, etc) to operate or move with a loud harsh noise
8.
(transitive) to bring (oneself) into a certain condition by roaring: to roar oneself hoarse
noun
9.
a loud deep cry, uttered by a person or crowd, esp in anger or triumph
10.
a prolonged loud cry of certain animals, esp lions
11.
any similar noise made by a fire, the wind, waves, artillery, an engine, etc
12.
a loud unrestrained burst of laughter
See also roar up
Derived Forms
roarer, noun
Word Origin
Old English rārian; related to Old High German rērēn, Middle Dutch reren
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Word Origin and History for roaring
adj.

late 14c., present participle adjective from roar (v.). Used of periods of years characterized by noisy revelry, especially roaring twenties (1930); but also, in Britain, roaring fifties (1892). Roaring forties in reference to exceptional rough seas between latitudes 40 and 50 south, is attested from 1841.

roar

v.

Old English rarian "roar, wail, lament, bellow, cry," probably of imitative origin (cf. Middle Dutch reeren, German röhren "to roar;" Sanskrit ragati "barks;" Lithuanian reju "to scold;" Old Church Slavonic revo "I roar;" Latin raucus "hoarse"). Related: Roared; roaring.

n.

late 14c., from roar (v.) and Old English gerar.

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