Definition of roaring in US English:



  • 1Making or uttering a loud, deep, or harsh prolonged sound.

    ‘he was greeted everywhere with roaring crowds’
    ‘a swollen, roaring river’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The colors of the jerseys, contrasting with the sheen of the ice and the roaring crowd, is striking and brilliant.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A roaring fire inspires lovers and poets, but it's a costly indulgence.’
      • ‘There was a long deep red couch that sat right across the roaring fire.’
      • ‘Almost everyone loves to cozy up to a roaring fire.’
      • ‘She liked it best, of course, on those rainy days when we were caught in front of a roaring fireplace.’
      • ‘They have this glorious bar with a great big roaring log fire on.’
      • ‘Tis the season to be jolly - to sip hot chocolate and open presents in front of a roaring fire.’
      blazing, burning, red-hot
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    2. 1.2 (of business) lively; brisk.
      ‘cafes that do a roaring trade’
      • ‘The Sotheby's sale got off to a roaring start when 127 of its first 129 lots found buyers.’
      • ‘The film about Cole Porter is sure to do a roaring $9.3 million at the domestic box office.’
      • ‘Bradford's post offices are doing a roaring trade in dog licences.’
      • ‘They are the fuel that runs the travel business, fulfilling the needs of the millions who annually travel outside Canada and, at the same time, do a roaring business.’
      • ‘Merchants of washing machines, air-conditioners and satellite dishes are doing a roaring trade.’
      • ‘The church hall was a hive of activity with stalls doing a roaring trade.’
      • ‘The pubs did a roaring trade and the pavements were packed.’
      • ‘Compared to the roaring economy of the mid to late 1990s, and even 2000 to some extent, 2001 has been locked in a funk from the day it started.’
    3. 1.3archaic Behaving or living in a noisy riotous manner.
    4. 1.4 (of a period of time) characterized by optimism, buoyancy, or excitement.
      ‘the Roaring Twenties’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The cruise ships reached their heyday during the roaring '20s, and then slowly began declining.’
  • 2informal Obviously or unequivocally the thing mentioned (used for emphasis)

    as submodifier ‘two roaring drunk firemen’
    ‘the final week of Hamlet was a roaring success’
    • ‘The five-flavor introduction three years ago was a roaring success, he reports.’
    • ‘By that low standard, the current Secretary of Agriculture is a roaring success.’
    • ‘Listening done, Ky walked to a slightly less poisonous tavern and got herself roaring drunk.’
    • ‘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 lord's son and his friends got roaring drunk and rode into town.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had started her big, and public reaction had made her a roaring success.’
    • ‘The promoter is confident the Pennington's bill will be a roaring success.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a barnstorming production, a high-octane, rip roaring success.’
    • ‘Despite the few shortcomings mentioned here and the roaring omission, this new disc from Universal was certainly worth the wait.’
    enormous, huge, massive, great, very great, tremendous, terrific
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