Reverse Dictionary: RO – ROA


ROAD – ADJECTIVES
– BAIN of a road: convenient, direct, near …1805 Eng. dial.
– DEEP of ground or roads: covered with a depth of mud, sand, or loose soil …c1386 obs.
– DITCHY of roads: rough, uneven …1970 Amer. dial.
– EVENLY of grounds, roads, etc.: smooth, even, level, without inequalities …1733 Sc. & Ireland
– GAIN of roads or directions: near, straight …a1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– GAMMY of a road: dirty, muddy …B1900 Eng. dial.
– INVIOUS having no roads or ways; pathless; trackless …E17 obs.
– JAGGIE;  JAGGY having a jerking motion; of a road: bumpy …1842 Sc.
– KEECHY of roads after rain: greasy …Bk1901 Eng. dial.
– LABBERY of roads: miry, muddy …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– MULTIVIOUS having many ways or roads; going or leading in many directions; manifold …1656
– POTTED (OUT) of a road: full of potholes …1969 Amer. dial.
– RAMMAGE of a road: rough-set …1809 Sc. obs.
– TENDER of roads: soft, muddy …1882 Eng. dial.
– UNBAIN of a road: distant, lonely …1899 Eng. dial.
– UNBANE of a road: distant, lonely …1899 Eng. dial.
 
ROAD – NOUNS
– ACNE a rough road surface …1976 US sl.
– ALA a path, a road …1951 Amer. dial. (Hawaii)
– APRON the shoulder of a road …1966 Amer. dial.
– ARKANSAS ASPHALT logs laid side by side to form a ‘corduroy’ road …1966 Amer. dial.
– BACK-GATE a way or road that leads behind; a back road …Bk1898 Sc.
– BACKSIDE the side of a road next to rising ground …1949 Amer. dial.
– BAD STEPS awkward bits of the road …1827 Sc.
– BAJA a steep descent, road, or trail …1968 Amer. dial.
– BAJADA a steep descent, road, or trail …1866 Amer. dial.
– BANK the road up a steep hillside …1891 Eng. dial.
– BARREL the curve of the surface of a road …1800 Eng. dial.
– BELLY TICKLER an abrupt dip or bump in a road or path, either naturally occurring, esp. in ice or snow, or deliberately made. esp. to divert runoff, or to slow automobile traffic …1950 Amer. dial.
– BENDY-BOW a sudden short dip in a road …1903 Amer. dial.
– BIAS ROAD a road leading off at an acute angle from the main road …1950 Amer. dial.
– BIG ROAD a main road or highway …1818 Amer. dial.
– BLACK-BOTTOM ROAD a road paved with blacktop …c1970 Amer. dial.
– BLIND LANE a cul-de-sac …c1386
– BLOW-UP a hole or depression in a street or road …1973 Amer. dial.
– BONNY-THROW the highway …L18 US criminals’ sl.
– BOW a sudden short dip in a road …1903 Amer. dial.
– BRAE a declivity, hillside, steep road; a knoll, a hill; the bank of a river …Bk1911 Sc.
– BREAK the turning-point of a road or hill …Bk1911 Sc.
– BREAK a sudden short dip in the road …1966 Amer. dial.
– BREAKER a sudden short dip in the road …1966 Amer. dial.
– BREAK-OFF the turning-point of a road or hill …Bk1911 Sc.
– BUCKET ROAD a badly kept road with bucket-like holes in the surface …1967 Amer. dial.
– BUGGY ROAD an unpaved road (as in ‘horse and buggy’ days) …1968 Amer. dial.
– BUGGY TRAIL an unpaved road (as in ‘horse and buggy’ days) …1968 Amer. dial.
– BURR the unpaved part of a graded road along the edge of the pavement …1968 Amer. dial.
– CAHOO a depression in a road, often snow-covered, which causes vehicles to lurch …1874 Amer. dial.
– CAHOO-HOLE a pothole in the road …1992 Can. sl.
– CAHOT a depression in a road, often snow-covered, which causes vehicles to lurch …1874 Amer. dial.
– CAREER the course over which any person or thing passes; a road, a path, a way …1642 obs.
– CARFAX a place where four roads, streets, or ways meet …1357
– CARFOUR;  CARREFOUR a place where four roads, streets, or ways meet …1477 obs.
– CARFOX a place where four roads, streets, or ways meet; sometimes extended to more than four …1357
– CAUTION STRIP the separating area in the middle of a four lane road …1966 Amer. dial.
– CENTER PARK the divider that separates opposing lanes of traffic on a four-lane, or larger, road; a median strip …1968 Amer. dial.
– CHATTER-BUMP a bump or hole in a road that makes a vehicle rattle …1966 Amer. dial.
– CHICKEN NEST a pothole …1969 Amer. dial.
– DIPPITY-DO a dip in the road …1969 Amer. dial.
– DIPSYDOODLE a dip in the road …1946 Amer. dial.
– DIPTY-DIP a dip in the road …1969 Amer. dial.
– DIVE HOLE a sudden short dip in a road …1968 Amer. dial.
– DIVIDANCE the separating area in the middle of a four-lane road …1968 Amer. dial.
– EASY GREASY an icy road …1976 US sl.
– ELBOW a sharp bend in the course of a river, stream, road, etc. …1591
– ELEET the point at which four roads meet …1863 Eng. dial.
– ELITE the point at which four roads meet …1863 Eng. dial.
– EXCUSE-ME-MA’AM a bump in the road …1933 Amer. dial.
– FAGGOT ROAD a road topped with sapling bundles …1956 Can.
– FARE a road, a track …1509 obs.
– FARMERS’ RAILROAD a road made of planks laid crosswise on longitudinal timbers; popular between 1849 and 1860 …1939 Amer. dial.
– FEATHER BED an unpaved road that gets very rough …1968 Amer. dial.
– FEATHERBED-LANE any bad road …a1700 sl.
– FIELD ROAD a dirt road …1900 Amer. dial.
– FOUR-THROWS a point where four roads meet …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– FOUR-WAY LEET a meeting of four ways …1656 obs.
– THE FROG AND TOAD the road …1859 sl.
– FURTHER WAY a further-continued road …1667 obs.
– GANG a way, road, or passage …c950 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– GANGWAY a road, thoroughfare, or passage of any kind …c1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– GOOD FEELING PLACE a dip in the road …1954 Amer. dial.
– GUMBO ROAD a dirt road that becomes sticky when wet …1941 Amer. dial.
– HEATER the fork of a road …1893 Eng. dial.  
– HIGH PAD the highway …M16 UK criminals’ sl.
– HIGH SPICE TOBY the highway as the resort of robbers …1876 thieves’ sl.
– THE HIGH TOBY highway robbery by a mounted thief; also, the highway itself …1812 thieves’ sl.
– I, THE an interstate highway …2003 US sl.
– INLET an entrance; a road leading into …1877 Sc.
– JAG a sharp, violent shake; a rut in a road causing a jolt …1866 Sc.
– JUMBLE-GUT-LANE any very bad or rough road …B1900 sl.
– KISS-ME-QUICK a sudden dip or rise in the road; a sudden jolt to a vehicle …a1877 Amer. dial.
– LANE a roadway …1796 Eng. dial.
– LANE-ENDS crossroads …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– THE MAIN TOBY highway robbery by a mounted thief; also, the highway itself …1812 thieves’ sl.
– MALFUNCTION JUNCTION an area characterized by exasperating and confused activity; a bewildering or heavily congested highway intersection; a traffic jam …1975 Amer. sl.
– MALL a highway median strip …1947 Amer. dial.
– MANIGATE a straight road over bog or moss land …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MARCH-WAY a boundary road …1892 Sc.
– MEOW a bend or snarl in a line; a crook in a road; anything out of line …1958 Amer. logging usage
– NECK a back road …1968 Amer. dial.
– NEIGHBORHOOD ROAD a by-way, distinguished from a public road …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– OCCUPATION ROAD a private road for the use of the occupiers of the land; a by-road or lane …1895 Eng. dial.
– OUTLET an access road or driveway …1940 Amer. dial.
– PAD the road …M16 UK criminals’ sl.
– PALED ROAD a paved road …c1970 Amer. dial., chiefly Black usage
– PALEMENT a paved road; a sidewalk …1892 Amer. dial., chief Black usage 
– PALE ROAD a paved road …c1970 Amer. dial., chiefly Black usage
– PALING a paved road; a sidewalk …1892 Amer. dial., chiefly Black usage 
– PANNEY;  PANNY the highway …M18 sl.
– PARK the divider that separates opposing lanes of traffic on a four-lane, or larger, road; a median strip …1968 Amer. dial.
– PARKWAY the divider that separates opposing lanes of traffic on a four-lane, or larger, road; a median strip …1903 Amer. dial.
– QUARFOXE a carfax; crossroads …1483 obs.
– QUARREFOUR a place where four roads, streets, or ways meet …1477 obs.
– QUARTERING road surface …1796 Eng. dial. obs.
– RADAR ALLEY any stretch of a motorway heavily patrolled by radar; esp., Interstate 90 between Cleveland and the New York state line …1971 US sl.
– RAISE a rising passage or road …1877
– RAMPART a high road …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– RAMPER a raised road through a marsh or bog; a raised footway; a high road …1890 Eng. dial.
– RAMPIRE a raised road or way; the highway …1848 Eng. dial.
– REAN a footpath or roadway …1711 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– RELEET a place where different roads meet; a crossroads …1839 Eng. dial.
– RIBBED ROAD a rough road; a road having an irregular or corrugated surface …1950 Amer. dial.
– RIB ROAD a rough road; a road having an irregular or corrugated surface …1967 Amer. dial.
– RUMBLE STRIPS roughened areas in a road designed to make high-pitched rumbling noise to warn drivers to slow down …Bk1998 sl.
– RUM PAD the highway …L17 cant
– SAG a low point on a roadway; the bottom of a down-grade …1911 Amer. dial.
– SANDWICH LANE the middle land of a 3-lane highway …1970s US sl.
– SETTLEMENT ROAD a local rural road …1843 Amer. dial.
– SHUNPIKE a road used to avoid the payment of tolls on a toll road; a back road …1853 Amer. dial.
– SILENT COP a yellow ‘sleeping policeman’ placed in the centre of road intersections (sleeping policeman = speed bump) …1930s Aust. sl.
– SILENT POLICEMAN a raise concrete mound or other construction in the centre of a road to control traffic flow and speed …1965 NZ sl.
– SINUOSITY a curve, bend, or winding in a road, river, valley, etc. …a1774
– SKUNK ROAD a less important road running back from a main road; a side road …1965 Amer. dial.
– SNOOZE BREAKER a sudden short dip in the road …1966 Amer. dial.
– SPEED BREAKER a sudden short dip in the road …1966 Amer. dial.
– SPRING BREAKER a sudden short dip in the road …1966 Amer. dial.
– SOLID the road …20C UK tramps’ sl.
– SPAGHETTI JUNCTION. a complete of motorways forming a multi-levelled interchange; esp. used of the Gravelly Hill interchange between the M1 and M6 outside Birmingham, UK …1960s UK sl.
– SPINE ROAD a major road linking other important routes or points …1961
– SPLICE-TOBY the highway, the main road …M19 sl.
– THANK-YOU-MA’AM an abrupt dip or bump in a road or path, either naturally occurring, esp. in ice or snow, or deliberately made, esp. to divert runoff, or later, to slow automobile traffic …1849 Amer. dial.
– THANK-YOU-MA’AM a level stretch on a steep road where a team or vehicle can pause …1985 Amer. dial.
– THANK-YOU-MARM an abrupt dip or bump in a road or path, either naturally occurring, esp. in ice or snow, or deliberately made, esp. to divert runoff, or later, to slow automobile traffic …1882 Amer. dial.
– THREE-CROSS-WAY the meeting of two roads without intersecting …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– THREE-ROAD END the meeting of two roads without intersecting …1867 Eng. dial.
– THREE-TO-LEET the meeting of two roads without intersecting …1863 Eng. dial.
– THREE-WANT-WAY the meeting of two roads without intersecting …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TICKLE BUMP an abrupt dip or bump in a road or path, either naturally occurring, esp. in ice or snow, or deliberately made, esp. to divert runoff or, more recently, to slow automobile traffic …1969 Amer. dial.
– THE TOBY the highway as the resort of robbers; also, highway robbery …1812 thieves’ sl.
– TRACE a path, a trail, a country road …1783 Amer. dial.
– TRACK the open road as used by itinerant travellers …1873 Aust. sl.
– TURN-AGAIN LANE † a cul-de-sac …1531
– WAFFEL-WAY a road for horses but not for wheeled traffic …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WHOOPDIEDO an abrupt dip or bump in a road or path, either naturally occurring, esp. in ice or snow, or deliberately made, esp. to divert runoff or to slow automobile traffic …1972 Amer. dial.
– WHOOP-DO-DOO. an abrupt dip or bump in a road or path, either naturally occurring, esp. in ice or snow, or deliberately made, esp. to divert runoff or to slow automobile traffic …1972 Amer. dial.
– WHOOP-TE-DOO an abrupt dip or bump in a road or path, either naturally occurring, esp. in ice or snow, or deliberately made, esp. to divert runoff or to slow automobile traffic …1972 Amer. dial.
– YANKEE BUMP. a bump or a depression in a road, esp. a snow-covered road …1940 Amer. dial.
– YES-MA’AM an abrupt dip or bump in a road or path, either naturally occurring, esp. in ice or snow, or deliberately made, esp. to divert runoff or to slow automobile traffic …1966 Amer. dial.
 
ROAD – NOUNS, PERSON
– CARETAKER a man whose job it is to take care of roads in a certain locality …1965 Amer. dial.
– DITCH RUNNER a man whose job is to take care of roads in a certain locality …1967 Amer. dial.
– GANDY DANCER a member of a road construction crew …1942 US sl.
– HIGHWAY SURVEYOR a local official responsible for the upkeep of public roads …1859 Amer. dial.
– MAINTAINER one who keeps roads in good repair …1965 Amer. dial.
– SHUNPIKER one who drives free roads; a tourist who drives back roads …1951 Amer. dial.
– TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE a local official responsible for the upkeep of public roads …1968 Amer. dial.
– TRUSTEE a local official responsible for the upkeep of public roads …1968 Amer. dial.
– TRUSTEE OF ROADS a local official responsible for the upkeep of public roads …1912 Amer. dial. 
 
ROAD – PHRASES
– THE DEVIL BROKE HIS APRON STRING said of a very rocky road …1939 Amer. dial.
 
ROAD – VERBS
– SHUNPIKE to use an alternate route in order to avoid the payment of tolls; to drive back roads for pleasure …1952 Amer. dial.
 
ROADHOUSE – NOUNS
– PICCOLO JOINT a place where prostitutes ply their trade; an establishment, usually in a rural location, providing liquor, music, entertainment, and often prostitutes; a roadhouse …1938 Amer. dial.
 
ROADKILL – NOUNS
– ROAD PIZZA mature roadkill to truckers and other users of CB radio …Bk1998 sl.
 
ROADRUNNER – NOUNS
– ARIZONA PEACOCK a roadrunner …1956 Amer. dial.
– CALIFORNIA PEACOCK a roadrunner …1956 Amer. dial. jocular
– MEDICINE BIRD a roadrunner …1917 Amer. dial.
 
ROAM, ROAMING – ADJECTIVES
– EXTRAVAGANT wandering out of bounds; straying, roaming, vagrant …1604 obs.
– FANCY-LOOSE ready to roam at will …1850
– GALLANTING roving, roaming …1873 Sc.
– MUNDIVAGANT wandering about the world, roaming through the world …1656 obs.
– OMNIVAGANT wandering or roaming everywhere or in all directions …1656
– PLANETICOSE given to wandering or roaming …1849 nonce word
– VAGABONDIAL roaming, wandering, vagabondish …1615 obs.
– VAGABONDICAL roaming, wandering, vagabondish …1576 rare
– VAGABUNDICAL roaming, wandering …1576 rare
– VAGANT wandering, roaming, roving; travelling or moving from place to place; having no settled home or abiding place …1382 obs.
– VAGARIOUS wandering, roaming, roving …1882
– VAIG wandering, roaming; quickly swept away …1791 Sc. obs.
– VAIGISH roaming, vagrant …1880 Sc.
– WAITH wandering, roaming …1710 Sc. obs.
 
ROAM etc. – NOUNS
– SCAFF the act of going about idly, roaming around in search of amusement or on the scrounge …1866 Sc.
– SCAMP idle wandering, roaming about …1866 Sc.
– VAGARY a wandering or devious journey or tour; a roaming about or abroad; an excursion, ramble, stroll …1577 obs.
– VAGATION the act of wandering, straying, or departing from the proper or regular course; a wandering, rambling, or roaming …c1340 obs.
 
ROAM etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– GADABOUT one who gads about, esp. from motives of curiosity or gossip – an idle, rambling person – a person who is always roaming from home, usually applied to a woman who is over-fond of visiting …1837 colloq. & Eng. dial.
– GADLING a wanderer, a traveller; a roamer …a1542 obs.
– GEDLING a wanderer, a traveller; a roamer …a1542 obs.
– LAND-LOUPER one who roams about the country idly or to escape the law; a vagrant, a roving vagabond, an adventurer, a scamp …1720 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– NIGHT-HAWK a person who roams about by night; a vagabond …1825 Sc. 
– NIGHT-RAKER one who roams by night …1897 Sc. 
– RAK one who wanders or roams about idly …1908 Sc.
– SHOOLER one who roams or idles about …1916 Amer. dial.
 
ROAM etc. – VERBS
– BANDY to wander or roam about …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– CATERWAUL to roam at night, as in search of sexual partners …1785 sl.
– EXTRAVAGATE to wander at large; to roam at will …1766
– HARRIGOAD to go about in a wild, flighty manner; to ramble, to roam about …1876 Eng. dial.
– HARRY-GAUD to go about in a wild, flighty manner; to ramble, to roam about …1876 Eng. dial.
– HAVE SHOES MADE OF RUNNING LEATHER to be given to wandering; to move restlessly from place to place; to be a roamer or rover …1575 obs.
– HAZE ABOUT to roam about aimlessly; to loaf about …1841
– INDIAN to roam or move about, esp. stealthily; to sneak up …1869 Amer. dial.
– INDIAN UP to roam or move about, esp. stealthily; to sneak up …1944 Amer. dial.
– QUILL-WHEEL to roam about …1953 Amer. dial.
– RAIL to go about, to wander, to roam …c1400 obs. rare
– RAK to wander, to roam …1967 Sc.
– RAKE to go, to proceed, esp. with speed; to run; also, to go or wander about, to roam, to stray, to ramble; to stroll about idly; to gad about …a1023 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– RAMPSE to rush or roam about, esp. in search of sexual encounters; to gad about, to gallivant …1929 Amer. dial.
– RANT to roam about, staring into shop windows …1896 Eng. dial.
– RAVE to roam, to stray …1841 Sc.
– REEL to romp, to rush; to travel, to roam …1791 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ROIL to roam or rove about …ME obs.
– SCAFF to wander about in an idle manner; to roam around …1866 Sc.
– SCAMBLE to ramble, to roam up and down …1859 Eng. dial.
– SCAMP to go about in an idle manner, to roam, to rove around, often with the idea of intended mischief …1866 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCANGE to roam about …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCAVAIG to roam or gad about …1932 Sc.
– SHOAL to roam or idle about; to loaf, to saunter …1953 Amer. dial.
– SHOOL to roam or idle about; to loaf, to saunter …a1874 Amer. dial.
– SHULE to roam or idle about; to loaf, to saunter …a1874 Amer. dial.
– SI-FOG to roam or loaf about; to ramble about aimlessly …1968 Amer. dial.
– SI-FOG AROUND to roam or loaf about; to ramble about aimlessly …1993  Amer. dial.
– SPATIATE to walk about, to stroll; to wander, roam, rove, or ramble …1626
– TAIVER to roam about aimlessly or idly; to dally, to trifle, to waste time …1808 Sc.
– TAVER to roam about aimlessly or idly; to dally, to trifle, to waste time …1808 Sc.
– VAGARY to wander or roam …1598 obs.
– VAGE to wander about idly; to roam in an aimless way; to gad about …1701 Sc.
– VAGITATE to roam or travel …1614 obs.
– VAGRANT to behave like a vagrant; to ramble or roam …1886 rare
– VAGUE to wander; to range, to roam; to ramble idly or as a vagrant …c1425 Sc. now rare or. obs.
– VAIG to wander about idly; to roam in an aimless way; to stroll; to gad about …1701 Sc. & Eng. dial.
 
ROAR, ROARING – ADJECTIVES
– BELDERING roaring, noisy …1889 Eng. dial.
– BELLING roaring, bellowing; noisy …1583 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– BERAND roaring, bellowing …a1300 obs.
– FREMENT roaring …1656 obs.
– FREMESCENT becoming murmurous, roaring; growing noisy and tumultuous; riotous, raging …1837 rare
– REEFU roaring, loud …1768 Sc.
– RIERFUL roaring, loud …1768 Sc.
– TORY-RORY boisterous, uproarious, roaring, roistering, swaggering, wild …1678 obs.
 
ROAR etc. – ADVERBS
– TORY-RORY in a roaring, wild, or uproarious manner; boisterously, wildly …1664 obs.
 
ROAR etc. – NOUNS
– BELLING the roaring of animals; bellowing …c1440 obs.
 BELLING noisy crying, shouting or roaring of human beings …1583 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– BELLOCH;  BELLOCK a loud cry, a roar …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BERE clamour, outcry, shouting, roaring; the noise of voices of men or animals …c1205 obs.
– BOATION a crying out, a bellowing, a roaring; a loud, bellowing noise; an uproar …1646 rare
– KEELI-WHABLO a roar, an uproar …1929 Sc.
– SCOIL;  SKOIL;  SKOYL a squeal, a shriek; a yell; a high-pitched roar or bellow, especially of a cow …1815 Sc. obs.
 
ROAR etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– BELDERER a roarer …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
 
ROAR etc. – VERBS
– BEAL to bellow or roar as cattle; to shout …1820 Eng. dial.
– BELDER of persons, esp. children: to cry noisily, to roar; to shout …1809 Eng. dial.
– BELL to bellow, to roar, to shout out, to cry, to make a loud noise …a1000
– BELLICK;  BELLOCK of persons, esp. children: to cry loudly, to roar …1809 Eng. dial.
– BELVE of people and cattle: to roar, to bellow …1867 Eng. dial.
– BELVER to roar, to bluster, to cry loudly …1872 Eng. dial.
– BERE to cry, to roar …c1225 obs.
– BIER to roar or bellow …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BROLL to roar, to sound loud …1660 obs. rare
– ELATRATE to bluster, to rant, to roar; to speak loudly or violently …1623 obs.
– HAIL to shout; to roar; to cry …1858 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– RAIRD to make a loud noise; to shout, to roar; to make a cracking sound …Bk1905 Sc.
– RAME to cry aloud, to shout, to roar …c1470 obs. exc. Sc.
– RAND to rant and roar like bacchanals …1777 Eng. dial.
– RANGUNSHOCK vb. to roar incessantly, without alternations of quiet …Bk1905 Sc.
– RANK of a tiger: to roar …1607 obs. rare
– SCOIL;  SKOIL;  SKOYL to squeal, to shriek, to scream; to yell or roar in a high-pitched voice …1866 Sc. obs.
– YAMMER to make a loud unpleasant noise or outcry; to howl, to yell; to roar, to shout; to talk loudly or persistently; to scold …1513 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– YERR to make a harsh noise, to creak, to roar, to rattle; to cry out loudly, to shout out, to yell, to howl …a1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
 
ROASTING – NOUNS
– HASTERY the process or art of roasting meat; roast meats collectively …c1420 obs.