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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Roar
  1. To cry with a full, loud, continued sound.
    1. To bellow, or utter a deep, loud cry, as a lion or other beast.
      " Roaring bulls he would him make to tame." [Spenser.]
    2. To cry loudly, as in pain, distress, or anger.
      "Sole on the barren sands, the suffering chief Roared out for anguish, and indulged his grief." [Dryden.]
      "He scorned to roar under the impressions of a finite anger." [South.]
  2. To make a loud, confused sound, as winds, waves, passing vehicles, a crowd of persons when shouting together, or the like."The brazen throat of war had ceased to roar." [Milton.]"How oft I crossed where carts and coaches roar." [Gay.]
  3. To be boisterous; to be disorderly."It was a mad, roaring time, full of extravagance." [Bp. Burnet.]
  4. To laugh out loudly and continuously; as, the hearers roared at his jokes.
  5. To make a loud noise in breathing, as horses having a certain disease. See Roaring, 2.

Etymology: OE. roren raren, AS. rārian; akin to G. röhten, OHG. r�r�n. √112

verb Roar
To cry aloud; to proclaim loudly.
noun Roar
The sound of roaring.The deep, loud cry of a wild beast; as, the roar of a lion.The cry of one in pain, distress, anger, or the like.A loud, continuous, and confused sound; as, the roar of a cannon, of the wind, or the waves; the roar of ocean.A boisterous outcry or shouting, as in mirth.
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  1. A very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
  2. A deep prolonged loud noise
  3. The sound made by a lion
  4. Laugh unrestrainedly and heartily
  5. Utter words loudly and forcefully ("`Get out of here,' he roared")
  6. Make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles ("The water roared down the chute")
  7. Emit long loud cries
  8. Make a loud noise, as of animal
  9. Act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way ("desperadoes from the hills regularly roared in to take over the town")

From Middle English roren, raren, from Old English rārian (“to roar; wail; lament”), from Proto-Germanic *rairijaną (“to bellow; roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *rey- (“to shout; bellow; yell; bark”), perhaps of imitative origin. Cognate with Scots rare, rair (“to roar”), Saterland Frisian roorje (“to roar”), German Low German raren, reren (“to roar; howl”), German röhren (“to roar”).

  1. A long, loud, deep shout made with the mouth wide open.
  2. The cry of the lion.
  3. The deep cry of the bull.
  4. A loud resounding noise.
    the of a motorbike
  5. A show of strength or character.

roar was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Roar

Roar Strand is a soccer player for the Rosenborg BK, Molde FK, and Norway national football team. Roar was born on February 2nd, 1970 in Trondheim, Norway.


Roar Ljøkelsøy is a skier. Roar was born on May 31st, 1976 in Orkdal, Norway.


Roar was born on April 15th, 1954.


Roar Hansen is an athlete for the Kvidinge IF. Roar was born on February 28th, 1966 in Stidsvig.


Roar Johansen was a soccer player for the Fredrikstad FK and Norway national football team. Roar was born on July 8th, 1935 in Fredrikstad, Norway. He breathed his last breath on October 23rd, 2015.



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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Roar U.S.
  White 79.81% 64.26%
  African American 11.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.04% 16.26%

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People with the last name Roar are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Roar

  • How Popular is the name Roar? As a last name Roar was the 87,335th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Roar first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Roar is Wednesday, November 6th, 1889.
  • How unique is the name Roar? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Roar. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Roar: Your name in reverse order is Raor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Raro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Roar? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 213 people with the last name Roar.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Roar? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Roar as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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