noun, singular

from Middle English rum from Old English rume (roomy, ample, spacious, unencumbered, temporal, liberal, unfettered, far-reaching, abundant) from Proto-Germanic rumaz from Proto-Indo-European rowa (free space). Cognate with Dutch ruim (wide), Scots roum (spacious, roomy), Danish rum, Icelandic rumur


1. suitable scope or opportunity, as in room for doubt, as inthat cloud in the shape of a fist gives me room for thought

2. people, as in when anyone mentions poetry the room becomes silent

3. a space that holds or can hold something, as in I long for wildness, a nature which I cannot put my foot through –Thoreau

4. something capacious, as in (a): clearing (sky, forest), (b): form (sonata, stanza), (c): intent (a space leaves shed through), (d) need, as in pipe down! I need room to think

5. ant. a space confined from other spaces by walls, ceilings, floors

6. comb. form to create a space, to free from obstruction, as in make room!

7. adj. open, unencumbered, loose, lax, ample, spacious

8. var. leeway, tangent, meander, margin, latitude, play