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1. The loud deep cry of a wild animal, especially a lion or other wild cat.
2. A loud, deep, prolonged sound or cry, as of a person in distress or rage.
3. A loud prolonged noise, such as that produced by waves.
4. A loud burst of laughter.
v. roared, roar·ing, roars
1. To produce or utter a roar.
2. To laugh loudly or excitedly.
3. To make or produce a loud noise or din: The engines roared.
4. To move while making a loud noise: The truck roared down the road.
5. To breathe with a rasping sound. Used of a horse.
1. To utter or express loudly. See Synonyms at yell.
2. To put, bring, or force into a specified state by roaring: The crowd roared itself hoarse.
To have great success after a period of lackluster performance; make a dramatic recovery: lost the first set but roared back to win the match.
[Middle English roren, to roar, from Old English rārian.]
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See Also: SCREAMS
- Ranting like a mad prophet —Amos Oz
- Roar as loud as a howitzer —Norman Mailer
- (The tiger) roaring like the sea —Dame Edith Sitwell
- Roar like a jetport —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Roared like a tiger —Eudora Welty
- Roar [of laughter] … like a tractor backfiring —Raymond Chandler
- Roar like a winter breeze —Cole Porter, from “I’ve Come to Wive It Wealthily In Padua,” one of the lyrics for the musical, Kiss Me Kate, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.
- Roar like bears —The Holy Bible/Isaiah
- Roars like a rhino (as she comes and comes) —Carolyn Kizer
- We roar all like bears —The Holy Bible/Isaiah
- A whoop like Yale making a touchdown against Princeton —Raymond Chandler
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