Definition of roar in English:

roar

noun

  • 1A full, deep, prolonged cry uttered by a lion or other large wild animal:

    ‘she waited for the lion's roar’
    • ‘The unusual sound of a lion's roar came from the end of the passageway.’
    • ‘There's an odd melody that I remember not liking from when I saw the film, and it doesn't really work that well, although it's not too bad when it's mixed with dinosaur roars.’
    • ‘The terrifying sound of the lion's roar made his heart beat with fright.’
    • ‘The wolf let out a deafening roar of pain.’
    • ‘In a close-up, one of the beasts lets out a mighty roar, and we see a baby sleeping peacefully inside its mouth.’
    • ‘As we leave, echoes of the roar of the king of beasts lingers in the still air over proud and deserted ruins of Hampi.’
    • ‘The new monster let loose a familiar roar.’
    • ‘They stared at each other for a tense moment until the feline let loose a powerful roar.’
    • ‘In response, the dragon let out a deafening roar.’
    1. 1.1 A loud, deep sound uttered by a person or crowd, generally as an expression of pain, anger, or approval:
      ‘he gave a roar of rage’
      • ‘She gave a roar of rage and despair and fear and fell to her knees again, shaking uncontrollably.’
      • ‘As it is, if you listen close enough, you can probably hear his outraged roar condemning this blasphemy from the other side.’
      • ‘There is a roar of excitement when the shows charismatic host shouts: ‘Here he is, ready to pay the price for our home audience!’’
      • ‘He raised his head into the air and let out a thunderous roar.’
      • ‘What was once a shocked silence, became a sudden roar of anger.’
      • ‘There are certainly moments of great directional use on this mix - the boxing matches and roar of the crowd come in loud and clear.’
      • ‘To judge from the roars of approval on opening night, audiences will be finding new visual marvels to savor in this production for many years to come.’
      • ‘Signed, sealed and delivered was the reprise as he danced to the ensuing deafening roars of approval.’
      • ‘There was a bank about ten deep of rabid movie fans along one side of the carpet, and each time a new star would enter they would erupt in a roar.’
      • ‘The mayor does her best roar about graft and corruption from atop her office desk.’
      • ‘Our entire school gave out a roar of approval at this.’
      • ‘Still for the most part, the Dolby Digital Stereo sonics capture the roar of the crowd and the curtness of the commentary very well.’
      • ‘The two principals whipped up tremendous whoops and roars from a besotted audience, and in many respects the adulation was well deserved.’
      • ‘An immediate roar deafened the cafeteria as everyone surged to gather around the battle.’
      • ‘I miss live performance, the smell of the bean sprouts, the roar of the crowd.’
      • ‘The vitality and zest of the performers earned roars of approval from the audience.’
      • ‘A roar rose from her throat, and she pushed herself backwards sharply.’
      • ‘The thunderous roar of the crowd is deafening even when the stadium is less than half-full.’
      • ‘They departed the stage just ahead of Macca and Bono's entrance and an almighty roar from the crowd.’
      • ‘While I was away from my seat, I heard a loud roar from the crowd.’
      shout, bellow, yell, cry, howl, shriek, scream, screech
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    2. 1.2 A loud outburst of laughter:
      ‘her remarks brought a roar of laughter from the old man’
      • ‘With a roar of laughter and a big round of applause, the soldiers ask if she'll be at the dance.’
      • ‘Will spluttered before letting loose a roar of laughter.’
      • ‘If you have 20 people in the place, you're not gonna have a roar, even if it's the funniest thing ever.’
      • ‘Ivy responded to them, which brought another roar of laughter from the two girls.’
      • ‘The critic reported that this disclaimer brought a roar of laughter from the audience with which she watched the film.’
      • ‘If you have a full house, you hear roars of laughter at certain points.’
      • ‘Huge roars of laughter fill the comedy club, as the stand up comic struts his stuff.’
      guffaw, howl, hoot, shriek
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    3. 1.3 A very loud, deep, prolonged sound made by something inanimate:
      ‘the roar of the sea’
      • ‘Eve quickened her pace as she heard the distant roar of an engine pulling up into the driveway.’
      • ‘The architects looked to glazing to combat the roar of 74,000 vehicles daily.’
      • ‘He loved the squeal of smoking tires, the roar of the engine, and the thrill of a hairpin turn in a power drift.’
      • ‘The remastered stereo soundtrack is also a treasure - every sonic element, from the roar of a typhoon wind to the gentle tinkling of wind chimes, is pristinely preserved.’
      • ‘This is an incredibly well-managed track that lets you feel the rumble and roar of the tanker every time it bears down on or overtakes the struggling Plymouth.’
      • ‘The roar of the wind died as the trailer came to a complete stop.’
      • ‘The prolonged moments of near silence in the film produce the aesthetic effect of outlasting the remembered roar of government tanks.’
      • ‘He was about to get in when they both heard the loud roar of a motorcycle engine coming their way.’
      • ‘He could hear the roars of the tornado; he even drew something similar to a tornado, which looked like a funnel…’
      • ‘The muffled roar of passing traffic obscure the tinny, faint words being spoken.’
      • ‘The gorgeous changing colors of the high-tech map were accompanied by sound: the babble of many meteorologists overlaid by the powerful roar of wind and waves.’
      • ‘Wind gags are basically furry things that fit over your mike, that cut down on the roar you will hear if filming in wind.’
      • ‘The roars of battle grew weaker and more distant; it was evident that the remaining forces on both sides were on the move and departing.’
      • ‘Two scenes in particular stand out for their use of offscreen space; the first, a shot of a nondescript intersection, which seems unremarkable until the roar of an unseen plane flying very close overhead is deafening.’
      • ‘The roar of the machines, the echoes within the massive structures, the subtly of whispered voices are all discovered anew here.’
      • ‘The roar of flames racing down the corridor made them all run even faster.’
      • ‘Periodically, unpredictably, a roar makes the pavilion tremble and the menacing shadow of a low-flying plane is projected slowly across the vaulted ceiling.’
      • ‘The school shook under the mighty roar of the thunder.’
      • ‘Instead, the only soundtrack is the roar of the cars' engines, turning over at very high RPM.’
      • ‘Occasionally the rumble of a volcano or the roar of a fierce hurricane breaks up the usual sounds.’
      loud noise, boom, booming, crash, crashing, rumble, rumbling, roll, thundering, peal, crack, clap, thunderclap
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verb

  • 1[no object] (of a lion or other large wild animal) utter a full, deep, prolonged cry:

    ‘we heard a lion roar’
    • ‘He plays the part of the lion that roars onstage in Act 5.’
    • ‘A cheetah bounds into a picture, large as life, head thrown back and maw wide, roaring over a rib cage.’
    • ‘Both dragons roared in mortal pain and shot away from each other in opposite directions despite their injuries.’
    • ‘The format quickly posed an annoyance - did I really need to endure the MGM lion roaring at the start of every single featurette?’
    • ‘The dragon roared in pain as her vision blurred permanently in her right eye.’
    • ‘The beast roars up at you and grabs your neck, dragging you into the swamp with it.’
    • ‘The lion roared again, but it was no use now.’
    • ‘The lion roared in anger, but the sound trap held him well.’
    • ‘It's pretty hard to hear where a cue is going when you have Brontosaurs roaring left right and centre.’
    • ‘The group of creatures all roared loudly, baring their sharp teeth.’
    • ‘It was always a sure-fire shocker for a monster to wade out of the reeds, roaring, and grab somebody off the raft.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person or crowd) utter a loud, deep, prolonged sound, typically from anger, pain, or excitement:
      ‘Manfred roared with rage’
      • ‘Abe roared out in anger and threw a dagger.’
      • ‘The director finally called cut and the audience continued to roar with applause.’
      • ‘Paige then roared with fury and struggled all she could to free herself.’
      • ‘The Moscow crowd roared with approval.’
      • ‘Involuntarily, he grasped for the memory, and finding nothing, he roared in frustration.’
      • ‘The crowd roars with delight during the whole thing.’
      • ‘The bass thumps, the crowd roars and it's the band, tearing it up.’
      • ‘I roared in delight at the ludicrousness, while remaining riveted at the cheerful upping of the stakes.’
      • ‘I tried to roar in triumph, and caused myself to fall into a coughing fit.’
      • ‘The students roar with approval, and, even though the principal expels her and crosses her name off the ballot, her fellow students vote for her anyway.’
      • ‘The defining moment - and the point at which even the biggest sceptic will be roaring with delight - is when Yoda himself picks up a light-sabre and dishes out some punishment.’
      • ‘He roared in a rage, giving his attack more power as well.’
      • ‘Now enraged beyond definition, he roared in fury and raised his arms.’
      • ‘That's how he keeps betraying us, why he roars at us with such conviction.’
      • ‘Fox has sprung for a couple of extras that should have them roaring with thunderous applause.’
      • ‘At the sound, the crowd in the arena roared with delight.’
      • ‘The competition itself plays out like a game show with one nation firing off musical shots against another while surrounding beer drinkers roar with approval.’
      • ‘They scream with delight and roar with approval over the littlest guitar or drum trick.’
      • ‘Aquila roared out in agony as he desperately tried to steer his beloved vessel.’
      • ‘She roared out in agony, helpless to do anything except violently curse the executor of her friend.’
      bellow, yell, shout, bawl, howl, cry, shriek, scream, screech
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    2. 1.2 (of something inanimate) make a very loud, deep, prolonged sound:
      ‘a huge fire roared in the grate’
      • ‘The gravelly whir of wheels on pavement is subtle, while motorcycle engines throb and roar.’
      • ‘Instantly I felt the plugs on my head warm up and the ship's engines suddenly roar to life.’
      • ‘The car took off like a runaway rocket, the engine roaring, smoke billowing and lights glaring.’
      • ‘He touched the console again, and the engines suddenly roared to life.’
      • ‘As the regiment slowed to a stop, the fire of the enemy roared louder.’
      • ‘There is gunfire not far away, and fighter planes sometimes roar overhead.’
      • ‘The wind roared in his ears as the trees whipped by on either side of him.’
      • ‘Coastline defences include a nearby air base and military jets still roar overhead.’
      • ‘The fire that had roared in the hearth was just glowing embers now.’
      • ‘The flames roared overhead, and we ran.’
      • ‘The sound of the fire roared in my ears.’
      • ‘To the right was the interior to the library where a fire was roaring in the fireplace and a bunch of actors were hanging around preparing for their next shoot.’
      • ‘On Aug.13, Hurricane Charley roared in from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing winds of 140 miles per hour and spawning tornadoes.’
      • ‘I could not get near to it for the water which seemed deep and roaring but my desire was always intense to come nearer.’
      • ‘The bike's engine sputtered and then roared back to life as the two of them hopped on.’
      • ‘Back in my quarters there was a fire roaring away in the grate.’
      • ‘Thunder roared in the distance, and reality slapped me straight in the face.’
      • ‘The scientist says that when the 2000 fire roared through, the ungrazed pastures fared the worst.’
      • ‘It was on that night that tornadoes roared through many communities in Nebraska.’
      • ‘As you feel the plane angle back as it approaches the deck you hear the engine roar while the pilot basically floors it.’
      boom, rumble, crash, roll, thunder, peal
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    3. 1.3[with object] Utter or express in a loud tone:
      ‘the crowd roared its approval’
      [with direct speech] ‘‘Get out of my way!’ he roared’
      • ‘The audience roared its approval.’
      • ‘Terfel roars out his righteous rage and coos his ludicrous love songs with equal aplomb, making the formidable vocal feats seem almost ridiculously easy.’
      • ‘The audience roared their approval, and Lord Scion lowered his hands firmly onto Avon's shoulders.’
      • ‘Well guys, I would wait and see if the public roars approval before you spend more money, otherwise you may find yourselves well down the food chain.’
      • ‘The audience roared their approval during his performance and as the results were announced on Saturday night.’
    4. 1.4[with object and adverbial] (of a crowd) encourage (someone) to do something by loud shouts or cheering:
      ‘Damon Hill will be roared on this weekend by a huge home crowd’
    5. 1.5 Laugh loudly:
      ‘Shirley roared in amusement’
      • ‘Seeing it on a big screen with an audience - an appreciative audience roaring with laughter - is a vastly different experience than seeing it on TV and chuckling to oneself.’
      • ‘The crowd roared with laughter and music was started once again as the couple danced across the floor.’
      • ‘They caught the humor instantly and roared with delight.’
      • ‘The gags in the movie make the one-liners in the evening sitcoms look recherché, but the packed house I saw the film with roared at every one.’
      • ‘This scene came to mind as the audience roared with laughter when he set off the bomb.’
      • ‘Here was this man who enjoyed putting someone on to the point of tears, and then be so nice and so good and so giving that everyone would just roar with laughter over a good joke.’
      • ‘We can see the Benedictines roaring with laughter, twisting in their seats, their faces changing color like the chimera's skin was supposed to do.’
      • ‘The audience roared with laughter at the staggering social comment of the in-your-face but indispensable documentary, winner of the Audience Award.’
      • ‘When I saw Marmoolak the theater roared with laughter almost throughout the film.’
      • ‘There is very little banter back and forth between comic and crowd; indeed, Gottfried is just there to deliver his compendium of crudity and accept the accolades of his adoring - and roaring - fans.’
      • ‘The audience roars with laughter as Laverne nods in perfect acceptance and understanding.’
      • ‘I can picture audiences roaring with laughter at shorts such as this, though I find that humor has come a long way since.’
      • ‘As the crowd roars with laughter, the camera pans back so that we see her bare back behind the podium.’
      • ‘The crowd had roared with laughter at those times, or screamed their agreement.’
      guffaw, laugh heartily, howl with laughter, roar with laughter, shriek with laughter, laugh hysterically, laugh uproariously, be convulsed with laughter, burst out laughing, hoot
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    6. 1.6 (of a horse) make a loud noise in breathing as a symptom of disease of the larynx.
  • 2[no object, with adverbial] (especially of a vehicle) move at high speed making a loud prolonged sound:

    ‘a car roared past’
    • ‘Suddenly a cart roared down the road behind them, and half running him over.’
    • ‘A motorcycle roared up the street outside the church, tearing the music, but Anton drew the threads together again, feeling the audience entering the music with him.’
    • ‘The train roars past on the adjacent tracks and grandfather is left standing, shoulders square and legs firm.’
    • ‘As a commuter train roars into a college campus in Chicago, its noise is suddenly muffled when it enters a stainless steel tunnel that sits atop the new student center.’
    • ‘I back up quickly, then turn and roar off down the street.’
    • ‘An ambulance roared down the road by the park at a breakneck speed.’
    • ‘They have a faithful hound, Bruno, who barks at the trains, which roar past the house every hour of the day.’
    • ‘Several women scream and the car roars off down the street.’
    • ‘I remember not being able to stay in the theatre when the bikes came roaring up the road towards the woman and child.’
    • ‘The fire truck roared alongside the giddy crowd while they investigated the problem.’
    • ‘Annabelle and Lee picked Julia up in a rented car, aimed it at Chioggia in the Veneto, and the three of them roared across northern Italy.’
    • ‘She listened as her dad's car roared off down the street.’
    • ‘All the ideas evident in early German expressionism are applied to the simple design of two cars roaring down a dark and desolate road.’
    • ‘Towards the end of Long Weekend, Marcia decides to opt out of Peter's suicidal scenario for toughing it out against Nature, and roars off alone in the van.’
    • ‘They meet on a bridge, with traffic roaring past.’
    • ‘With a smile and a nod, Zoe once again roared down the road.’
    • ‘It seems he has reserved this dune buggy strictly for visiting those planets where a bunch of aliens, themselves in dune buggies, are likely to come roaring over the hills.’
    • ‘Surrounded by rats with trains roaring by a few feet away, they managed to cook and sleep, care for pet dogs and cats and even be good neighbours.’
    • ‘He then roared away into the darkness.’
    • ‘We wave as he roars off down the narrow lane - scattering plastic and leaves.’
    speed, zoom, whizz, flash
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    1. 2.1 Act or happen fast and decisively or conspicuously:
      ‘Swindon roared back with two goals’
      • ‘By combining state-of-the-art computer animation with live-action landscapes, you'll marvel as these fearsome creatures roar to life!’
      • ‘England roared back into contention in the final quarter of the match helped by the referee.’
      • ‘The picture roars to life intermittently during these skilled performances, yet despite its high stakes tale of revenge and killings, the film fails to fully engage.’
      • ‘For much of the film, it's a subtle track, but when required, it roars to life in a very aggressive manner.’
      • ‘Finally, the season roars to a close with another major death - this time, Buffy's.’
      • ‘Distortion is held to a minimum and the movie's numerous sound effects come roaring through.’
      • ‘When the jazz age roared in, for example, the flamboyant Tom Mix replaced the Victorian William S. Hart as the most popular Western hero of the teens.’
      • ‘For a moment the film's ominous underlying theme, parental panic, roars to the surface with great immediacy and clarity.’
      • ‘During the film's climactic plane crash sequence, you can feel the bass rumble and the rear speakers roar to life.’
      • ‘After various musical interludes, Chase roars into action to blow up the giant radioactive beast.’

Phrases

  • roar someone up

    • informal Berate or reprimand someone:

      ‘he roared me up and asked the sergeant for my name’
      • ‘Nory went over, assessed the situation, and got on the Utilities officer and roared him up.’
      • ‘Just roar her up. You know, tell her the cops'll come, or she'll go to hell or something.’
      • ‘How rude and unprofessional! I was so mad, I called them out and roared them up.’
      • ‘The boys are very amused when I roar him up and ask why the hell he hasn't brought his uncle back anything.’
      • ‘My doctor pal roared me up and said I was overweight and under-blooded’

Origin

Old English rārian (verb), imitative of a deep prolonged cry, of West Germanic origin; related to German röhren. The noun dates from late Middle English.

Pronunciation:

roar

/rɔː/

Definition of ROAR in English:

ROAR

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Pronunciation:

ROAR

/rɔː/