Definition of roaring in English:



  • 1attributive Making or uttering a roar.

    ‘he was greeted everywhere with roaring crowds’
    ‘a swollen, roaring river’
    • ‘The colors of the jerseys, contrasting with the sheen of the ice and the roaring crowd, is striking and brilliant.’
    • ‘In his film pieces, he often made use of commercial production techniques or isolated bits of Hollywood films, as when he created a continuous loop of the roaring MGM lion.’
    • ‘One of the most inspiring troupes of the event was the group, who performed before a roaring crowd at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park.’
    • ‘With the roaring crowd approving of the result, the owner eagerly signs the band to a regular gig.’
    • ‘Chastity pulled her hand away quickly, as if the book was a roaring lion.’
    1. 1.1 (of a fire) burning fiercely and noisily.
      ‘he sat by the roaring fire’
      • ‘Similar to those old loops local TV stations used to run when they went off the air for the holidays, you too can have your very own roaring holiday fire to impress your family and friends.’
      • ‘Tis the season to be jolly - to sip hot chocolate and open presents in front of a roaring fire.’
      • ‘A roaring fire inspires lovers and poets, but it's a costly indulgence.’
      • ‘They have this glorious bar with a great big roaring log fire on.’
      • ‘Almost everyone loves to cozy up to a roaring fire.’
      • ‘There was a long deep red couch that sat right across the roaring fire.’
      • ‘She liked it best, of course, on those rainy days when we were caught in front of a roaring fireplace.’
      blazing, burning, red-hot
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    2. 1.2archaic Behaving or living in a noisy riotous manner.
      ‘a roaring boy’
    3. 1.3 (of a period of time) characterized by prosperity, optimism, and excitement.
      ‘the Roaring Twenties’
      • ‘The cruise ships reached their heyday during the roaring '20s, and then slowly began declining.’
      • ‘We see destitute postwar Germany in the roaring 1920s.’
      • ‘From the roaring 20's to the beaches of Normandy, it has always had a certain panache.’
  • 2informal attributive Very obviously or unequivocally the thing mentioned (used for emphasis)

    ‘last week's 70s night was a roaring success’
    as submodifier ‘two roaring drunk firemen’
    • ‘From a Protestant fundamentalist point of view the church has become a roaring success.’
    • ‘Last year, his CD became a roaring success and saw the sagging career of another superstar being revived.’
    • ‘The character of Dash is clearly intended to give young boys an entry point into the film and he is a roaring success, with older sister Violet filling the same part for the female crowd.’
    • ‘The lord's son and his friends got roaring drunk and rode into town.’
    • ‘The promoter is confident the Pennington's bill will be a roaring success.’
    • ‘Despite the few shortcomings mentioned here and the roaring omission, this new disc from Universal was certainly worth the wait.’
    • ‘To show us that success is ‘hollow,’ we see hollow Patrick a roaring success at 27, a vice president at a major Wall Street firm with a six-figure salary.’
    • ‘It was a barnstorming production, a high-octane, rip roaring success.’
    • ‘The five-flavor introduction three years ago was a roaring success, he reports.’
    • ‘Listening done, Ky walked to a slightly less poisonous tavern and got herself roaring drunk.’
    • ‘Based on these criteria, I must judge my experience as a panelist for the film festival group's annual list of notable Canadian films a roaring success.’
    • ‘He had started her big, and public reaction had made her a roaring success.’
    • ‘By that low standard, the current Secretary of Agriculture is a roaring success.’
    enormous, huge, massive, great, very great, tremendous, terrific
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  • do a roaring trade (or business)

    • informal Do very good business.

      ‘the cafes on the boulevard were doing a roaring trade’
      ‘the food sellers were doing a roaring trade in spiced sausages’
      • ‘All the usual entertainments - roundabouts and other such things - were there to entice children, and they seemed to be doing a roaring trade.’
      • ‘Placed half a mile East, or situated on Church Road it would doubtless do a roaring trade.’
      • ‘Thrill-seekers needed to look no further than the rear of the Memorial Hall, where bouncy castles, slides, a bucking bronco and all manner of rides did a roaring trade.’
      • ‘The army of car washers do a roaring trade in cleaning the interiors too, with many people are happy to leave their car unlocked for them while they go shopping.’
      • ‘All the businesses in Crosshaven are doing a roaring trade.’
      • ‘Shops do a roaring trade in Union Jack and St George banners.’
      • ‘Central streets were packed, shops did a roaring trade, visitors queued to get into attractions and there were not enough rooms to go round for people hoping to stay the night.’
      • ‘Pubs throughout the district did a roaring trade, and the marquee at Cartmel Races ran out of beer, half way through Monday's meeting.’
      • ‘Hugely popular black-and-white anti-racism buddy bands - provided by the town council - were on sale and did a roaring trade.’
      • ‘Riverside pubs were drunk dry and special market stalls on Quay Meadow did a roaring trade as Sunday's bad weather failed to put the mariners off.’
  • the roaring forties

    • Stormy ocean tracts between latitudes 40° and 50° south.

      • ‘Australia is a big country, stretching from the tropics to the roaring forties, and it has a correspondingly wide range of climates.’
      • ‘First we get to a beach, Ocean's beach, where the roaring forties waves reach land.’
      • ‘Weather has been at the forefront of the news, with once in a couple of lifetime floods and winds to make the roaring forties seem tame.’
      • ‘The active low pressure belt (the roaring forties) and interspersing, migratory anticyclones are too far north to enable a relaxation of their dominance of the country's weather.’