roars

roar

[rawr, rohr]
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

roarer, noun
outroar, verb (used with object)
underroarer, noun


1. bawl, yell. See cry. 3. resound, boom, thunder, peal.
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roar (rɔː)
 
vb
1.  (of lions and other animals) to utter characteristic loud growling cries
2.  (also tr) (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.  See roaring (of horses) to breathe with laboured rasping sounds
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.  (tr) to bring (oneself) into a certain condition by roaring: to roar oneself hoarse
 
n
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
 
[Old English rārian; related to Old High German rērēn, Middle Dutch reren]
 
'roarer
 
n

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roar
O.E. rarian, probably of imitative origin (cf. M.Du. reeren, Ger. röhren "to roar;" Skt. ragati "barks;" Lith. reju "to scold;" O.C.S. revo "I roar;" L. raucus "hoarse"). The noun is attested from late 14c. Roaring forties in reference to exceptional rough seas between latitudes 40 and 50 south,
is attested from 1867.
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