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roar (v.)

Middle English roren, "shout out, cry out with a full, loud, continued sound," from Old English rarian "roar, wail, lament, bellow, cry," probably of imitative origin (compare Middle Dutch reeren, German röhren "to roar;" Sanskrit ragati "barks;" Lithuanian rieju, rieti "to scold;" Old Church Slavonic revo "I roar;" Latin raucus "hoarse," all alike probably imitative).

Of animals, the wind, etc., early 14c. Sense of "laugh loudly and continuously" is by 1815. The meaning "travel in a motor vehicle making a loud noise" is by 1923. Related: Roared; roaring.

roar (n.)

late 14c., rore, "the loud, continued cry of a large beast," from roar (v.) and Old English gerar. Of other full, loud, continued, confused sounds by c. 1400; specifically of thunder and cannon by 1540s.

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Definitions of roar from WordNet
1
roar (v.)
make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles;
The water roared down the chute
Synonyms: howl
roar (v.)
utter words loudly and forcefully;
`Get out of here,' he roared
Synonyms: thunder
roar (v.)
emit long loud cries;
Synonyms: howl / ululate / wail / yawl / yaup
roar (v.)
act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way; "desperadoes from the hills regularly roared in to take over the town"-R.A.Billington;
roar (v.)
make a loud noise, as of animal;
Synonyms: bellow
roar (v.)
laugh unrestrainedly and heartily;
Synonyms: howl
2
roar (n.)
a deep prolonged loud noise;
Synonyms: boom / roaring / thunder
roar (n.)
a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal);
Synonyms: bellow / bellowing / holla / holler / hollering / hollo / holloa / roaring / yowl
roar (n.)
the sound made by a lion;
From wordnet.princeton.edu