Roof - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ruːf|  American pronunciation of the word roof
Brit.  |ruːf|  British pronunciation of the word roof


- a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building
- protective covering on top of a motor vehicle
- the inner top surface of a covered area or hollow space
- an upper limit on what is allowed(syn: cap, ceiling)


- provide a building with a roof; cover a building with a roof


The roof of the old barn collapsed.

He bit into a hot slice of pizza and burned the roof of his mouth.

...fed and roofed the emergency volunteers for a week...

A roof leaks.

When the swimming pool is roofed over, we shall be able to swim all through the winter.

The branches roofed the walk.

They finally found the cat up on the roof.

We can probably strap the cases to the roof of her car.

Suddenly, the whole tunnel roof caved in.

a cottage roofed with the local slate

the roof of the cave was very high

I could see the roof of the bear's mouth

there was a roof on salaries

A family of birds has built a nest on our roof.

As long as you're living under our roof, you'll follow our rules.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: roof
he/she/it: roofs
present participle: roofing
past tense: roofed
past participle: roofed
singular: roof
plural: roofs or rooves
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