What does roast mean?

Definitions for roastroʊst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word roast.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. roast, joint(noun)

    a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion

  2. knock, roast(adj)

    negative criticism

  3. roast, roasted(verb)

    (meat) cooked by dry heat in an oven

  4. roast(verb)

    cook with dry heat, usually in an oven

    "roast the turkey"

  5. ridicule, roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib, make fun, poke fun(verb)

    subject to laughter or ridicule

    "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"


  1. roast(Noun)

    A cut of meat suited to roasting

  2. roast(Noun)

    A meal consisting of roast foods.

  3. roast(Noun)

    (Originally fraternal) A comical event where a person is subjected to verbal attack, yet may be praised by sarcasm and jokes.

  4. roast(Verb)

    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.

  5. roast(Verb)

    To process by drying through exposure to sun or artificial heat

    Coffee beans need roasting before

  6. roast(Verb)

    To admonish someone vigorously

    Iu2019m late home for the fourth time this week; my mate will really roast me this time.

  7. roast(Verb)

    To subject to bantering, severely criticize, sometimes as a comedy routine.

    The class clown enjoys being roasted by mates as well as staff.

  8. roast(Verb)

    To undergo roasting in any of the above senses

  9. roast(Adjective)

    having been cooked by roasting

  10. roast(Adjective)

    subjected to roasting, bantered, severely criticized

  11. Origin: From rosten, from rostir (Modern French: rôtir), of origin, from Old *, from raustijanan, from reus-. Cognate with roosteren, rösten.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Roast(verb)

    to cook by exposure to radiant heat before a fire; as, to roast meat on a spit, or in an oven open toward the fire and having reflecting surfaces within; also, to cook in a close oven

  2. Roast(verb)

    to cook by surrounding with hot embers, ashes, sand, etc.; as, to roast a potato in ashes

  3. Roast(verb)

    to dry and parch by exposure to heat; as, to roast coffee; to roast chestnuts, or peanuts

  4. Roast(verb)

    hence, to heat to excess; to heat violently; to burn

  5. Roast(verb)

    to dissipate by heat the volatile parts of, as ores

  6. Roast(verb)

    to banter severely

  7. Roast(verb)

    to cook meat, fish, etc., by heat, as before the fire or in an oven

  8. Roast(verb)

    to undergo the process of being roasted

  9. Roast(noun)

    that which is roasted; a piece of meat which has been roasted, or is suitable for being roasted

  10. Roast(adj)

    roasted; as, roast beef

  11. Origin: [OE. rosten, OF. rostir, F. rtir; of German origin; cf. OHG. rsten, G. rsten, fr. OHG. rst, rsta, gridiron, G. rost; cf. AS. hyrstan to roast.]


  1. Roast

    A roast is an event, almost exclusively in the United States, in which an individual is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes, the implication being that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and therefore, show his or her good nature. It is seen by some as a great honor to be roasted, as 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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Roast

    rōst, v.t. to cook before a fire, or in an oven: to expose a person to ridicule: to parch by exposure to heat: to heat to excess: to dissipate the volatile parts of by heat.—n. that which is roasted.—ns. Roas′ter, anything suitable for roasting: a furnace used in making ball soda; Roas′ter-slag, slag from the fifth stage of copper-smelting; Roas′ting; Roas′ting-cyl′inder, a furnace for roasting ore; Roas′ting-ear, an ear of maize fit for roasting; Roas′ting-jack, an apparatus for turning the spit on which meat is roasted; Roas′ting-kiln; Roas′ting-ov′en; Roast′-ī′ron, a gridiron.—Roastbeef plant, an iris of Western Europe.—Rule the roast, to domineer. [A.S. róstian; cog. with Dut. roosten, Ger. rösten; or O. Fr. rostir (Fr. rôtir)—Old High Ger. rōstan; or Celt., as Gael. rost, W. rhostio, Bret. rosta, all meaning to roast.]

Anagrams for roast »

  1. Astro, ratos, rotas, sorta, taros


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of roast in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of roast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chico Marx:

    Mustard's no good without roast beef.

  2. Tom Robbins:

    Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

  3. Confucius:

    Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.

  4. Guy Kawasaki:

    You have to sit by the side of a river for a *very* long time before a roast duck will fly into your mouth.

  5. Ihor Dusaniwsky:

    No one can go and short a big block of stock right now. Right now, we're literally talking about dribs and drabs and the end piece of the pot roast.

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