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Roast appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • How much pot, could a pot roast roast, if a pot roast could roast pot.
  • Freddy is ready to roast red roaches.
    Ready for Freddy's roasted red roaches?
  • How many rats would the ruskies roast if the ruskies could roast rats?
    How many cats would a caddie catch if a caddie could catch cats?

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun roast:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb roast:


The word roast is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun roast

What does roast mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: roasts

  1. a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion
  2. negative criticism

Alternative definition of the noun roast


  1. A cut of meat suited to roasting
  2. A gathering where the meal is being roasted
  3. (Originally fraternal) A comical event where a person is subjected to verbal attack or roasts, yet may be praised by sarcasm and jokes.

Definition of the adjective roast

What does roast mean as an attribute of a noun?

Roast is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: roaster |

  1. (meat) cooked by dry heat in an oven

Alternative definition of the adjective roast


  1. having been cooked by roasting
  2. [figuratively] subjected to roasting, bantered, severely criticized

Definition of the verb roast

What does roast mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: roasted | roasting | roasts

  1. cook with dry heat, usually in an oven
    • examples: roast the turkey | The chefs roast the vegetables
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Jennifer baked the potatoesVerbs of Change of State: bake, barbecue, blanch, boil, braise, broil, brown, char, coddle, cook, crisp, deep-fry, french-fry, fry, grill, heat, microwave, overcook, overheat, pan-broil, pan-fry, parboil, parch, percolate, perk, plank, poach, reheat, rissole, saute, scald, scallop, sear, shirr, simmer, steam, steep, stew, toast, warm up
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Jennifer boiled the pot dry
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] in / on / with [Instrument]Jennifer boiled the pot dry on the stove
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] in / on / with [Instrument]Jennifer baked the potatoes in the oven
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Jennifer baked the potatoes to a crisp
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] in / on / with [Instrument]Jennifer baked the potatoes to a crisp in the oven
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]This oven bakes potatoes
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb]The potatoes baked
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adjective]Pots boil dry
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adjective] in / on / with [Instrument]Pots boil dry on the stove
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb]Copper rods bend easily | Cotton clothes dry easily | Crystal vases break easily | Idaho potatoes bake beautifully
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]Potatoes bake to a crisp
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state] in / on / with [Instrument]Potatoes bake to a crisp in the oven
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product]Donna grilled me steaksVerbs of Creation and Transformation: barbeque, boil, broil, clean, fry, grill, iron, microwave, poach, pour, scramble, set, toast, wash, weld
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]Donna grilled steaks
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]Donna grilled steaks for me
    • domain: cookery / cooking / preparation
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: cook = transform and make suitable for consumption by heating
    • more specific term: pan roast = roast in a pan
  2. subject to laughter or ridicule

Alternative definition of the verb roast


  1. [transitive] To cook food by heating in an oven or over fire without covering, resulting in a crisp, possibly even slightly charred appearance to the food.
  2. [transitive] To process by drying through exposure to sun or artificial heat
  3. [figuratively] [transitive] To admonish someone vigorously
  4. [figuratively] [transitive] To subject to bantering, severely criticize, sometimes as a comedy routine.
  5. [intransitive] To undergo roasting in any of the above senses


Roast a.k.a. The Sunday roast is a traditional British and Irish main meal that is traditionally served on Sundays but can be eaten on any day of the week, consisting of roasted meat, roast potato or mashed potato, with accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. Other names for this meal are Sunday dinner, Sunday lunch, Roast dinner, and Sunday joint. The meal is often comparable to a less grand version of a traditional Christmas dinner. Besides being served in its original homelands, the tradition of a Sunday dinner has been a major influence on food cultures in countries with populations originating from the nations of the British Isles and Ireland.

There are other foods with Roast in their name, like Egg roast, Nut roast, Pig roast, Pot roast, Bull roast, Roast beef, roast-beef, Rump roast, Chuck roast, Roast goose, Roast Quail, Roast chicken, Roast Pheasant, WorthingtonĀ® Dinner Roast, Roast lamb with laver sauce, Campbell's Slow Roast Chicken Gravy, FRANCO-AMERICAN Slow Roast Beef Gravy, Campbell's Chunky Savory Pot Roast Soup, FRANCO-AMERICAN Slow Roast Turkey Gravy.


Roast: A roast is an event in which a person is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes as a mock counter to a toast. The implication is that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and it is seen by some as a great honor to be roasted. The individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a "roast." The host of the event is called the "roastmaster." Anyone who is honored in such a way is said to have been "roasted.

Phrases with Roast

Phrases starting with the word Roast:

  1. roast beef
  2. roast lamb
  3. roast pork
  4. roast veal
  5. Roast Dinner
  6. roast beef plant

Phrases ending with the word Roast:

  1. pan roast
  2. pot roast
  3. rib roast
  4. beef roast
  5. lamb roast
  6. pork roast
  7. rump roast
  8. Spit Roast
  9. veal roast
  10. blade roast
  11. crown roast
  12. Sunday Roast
  13. weenie roast
  14. wiener roast

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Roast

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Google previewThe Grilling Encyclopedia (1994)

An A-to-Z Compendium of how to Grill Almost Anything

Because a loin roast still has the bones intact, you have a better chance of producing a succulent, flavorful piece of meat. An average-sized, 4-pound pork loin roast will serve six people. Cook the roast as is (perhaps with a half dozen or so cut ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mother's Advice (1905)

By a Thousand American Mothers ... A Thousand Facts for Every Day Use

To Roast a Goose. . . . . . . . . . 83 | Chicken Cream .

Roast Wild Duc 88 Celery...

To Roast Snipes, Woodcocks Lobster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 and Plovers .

Google previewThe Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universary Dictionary (2008)

by Mary Eaton

ROAST CALF'S HEAD. Wash the head very clean, take out the brains, and dry it well with a cloth. Make a seasoning of pepper, salt, nutmeg, and cloves ; add a slice of bacon finely minced, and some grated bread. Strew the seasoning over the ...

Google previewThe Visual Food Encyclopedia (1996)

eye round roast top round roast rump ...

Google previewAnthropological Report on the Ibo-speaking Peoples of Nigeria: English-Ibo and Ibo-English dictionary (1913)

by Northcote Whitridge Thomas

roo, roast. (e)ropu, root out. (e)ropu lu, pull out (tooth, small tree). (a)rQputa, choose out, elect. (e)roputa, pull out (teeth, big things). (e)rota lu, pull out (hair, tooth, stick). (a)rQta lu, take off (fire). (a)rQta lu, pick good one. (a)rota lu notu notu , ...

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Quotes about Roast

Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef. (Tom Robbins)
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Scrabble value of R1O1A1S1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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