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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
1000
before 1000; Middle English roryng (noun, adj.), Old English rarung (noun). See roar, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
roaringly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for roaringly

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
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Word Origin and History for roaringly

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.

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