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roaring

Syllabification: roar·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈrôriNG
 
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Definition of roaring in English:

adjective

[attributive]
1Making or uttering a loud, deep, or harsh prolonged sound: he was greeted everywhere with roaring crowds a swollen, roaring river
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • With the roaring crowd approving of the result, the owner eagerly signs the band to a regular gig.
1.1(Of a fire) burning fiercely and noisily.
Example sentences
  • Tis the season to be jolly - to sip hot chocolate and open presents in front of a roaring fire.
  • Almost everyone loves to cozy up to a 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.
Synonyms
blazing, burning, flaming
1.2(Of a period of time) characterized by optimism, buoyancy, or excitement: the roaring twenties
More example sentences
  • We see destitute postwar Germany in the roaring 1920s.
  • The cruise ships reached their heyday during the roaring '20s, and then slowly began declining.
  • From the roaring 20's to the beaches of Normandy, it has always had a certain panache.
1.3(Of business) lively; brisk: cafes that do a roaring trade
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  • 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.
  • 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.
1.4chiefly archaic Behaving or living in a noisy riotous manner.
2 informal Obviously or unequivocally the thing mentioned (used for emphasis): the final week of Hamlet was a roaring success [as submodifier]: two roaring drunk firemen
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Synonyms
enormous, huge, massive, great, very great, tremendous;
complete, thorough, out-and-out
informal rip-roaring, whopping, fantastic

Derivatives

roaringly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • After having a roaringly good time hanging out with the ‘Chattopadhyay girls’, we had all-night singing sessions.
  • He had a habit of getting roaringly drunk and shouting Hamlet out of his bedroom window.
  • It starts out roaringly funny, then turns into something deeply dark.

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