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Onomatopoeia, from a roar.



  1. (onomatopoeia, Internet slang, text messaging) An expression of great appreciation, a happy imitation of a roar, often to emphasize attraction.
  2. (onomatopoeia, Internet slang, text messaging) An expression of anger or frustration, though fairly lighthearted.


  • 1994, Airships, Barry Hannah, p. 63
    The privates sang a song they made just for me. Rawr rawr rawr! for Colonel Feather!/ Rawr rawr rawr! (pause, then with gusto) forever!
  • 1998, growl....., on Usenet
    purrrrr....... rawr. Was that "rawr" with a capital R or small r? There's a difference...
  • 2005, One Way Out, Michele Albert, p. 328
    "Rawr," Cassie playfully growled, then nipped his lip. "Smart man."
  • 2008, Divided We Stand, United We Get Horizontal, Glynnis MacNicol, Rachel Sklar, Huffington Post
    ... we think the sexiest thing in this entire post is the phrase "Duncan Hunter." It sort of sounds like a sassy verb, if you think about it. Rawr!