Meaning of ROOF in English

I. ˈrüf, ˈru̇f noun

( plural roofs ˈrüfs, ˈru̇fs also ˈrüvz, ˈru̇vz)

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hrōf; akin to Old Norse hrōf roof of a boathouse and perhaps to Old Church Slavic stropŭ roof

Date: before 12th century



(1) : the cover of a building

(2) : material used for a roof : roofing

b. : the roof of a dwelling conventionally designating the home itself

didn't have a roof over my head

they share the same roof


a. : the highest point : summit

b. : an upper limit : ceiling


a. : the vaulted upper boundary of the mouth

b. : a covering structure of any of various parts of the body

roof of the skull

4. : something suggesting a roof: as

a. : a canopy of leaves and branches

b. : the top over the passenger section of a vehicle

• roofed ˈrüft, ˈru̇ft adjective

• roof·less ˈrü-fləs, ˈru̇- adjective

• roof·like -ˌlīk adjective

- through the roof


roof 1a(1): 1 gambrel, 2 mansard, 3 hip, 4 lean-to


II. transitive verb

Date: 15th century


a. : to cover with or as if with a roof

b. : to provide with a particular kind of roof or roofing — often used in combination

slate- roofed houses

2. : to constitute a roof over

• roof·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.