Word of the Day: Roar

roar / rôr




  1. to utter a deep, loud cry in distress, anger, or excitement

After the sharp-eyed jay and the roaring lion, peace will come on dove’s gentle wing.

Erin Hunter, ?-


  1. to laugh boisterously

The fine line between roaring with laughter and crying because it’s a disaster is a very, very fine line.

Roald Dahl, 1916-1990


  1. to make a very loud sound, as a cannon, thunder, etc.

Thunder roars but does not strike. Lightning strikes but does not roar.

Matshona Dhliwayo, ?-


  1. to move with a deep, loud sound, as a vehicle

The motors seemed to grind rather than roar, and to have an angry pulsation like a bee buzzing in blind fury.

Ernie Pyle, 1900-1945





  1. the deep cry of an animal or person

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,

At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,

When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,

And when he shakes his man, we shall have spring again.

From ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis, 1898-1963


  1. a loud continuous din

It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.

Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964


  1. a boisterous, loud outburst

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear.

Karl A. Menninger, 1893-1990