Roast a turkey by cooking it in the oven. Roast a friend by calling her a turkey on her birthday. To roast can mean to cook, or to poke fun of someone as a way of honoring them.

In cooking, slow, dry heat is used to roast things. When a cook roasts a piece of meat, you can call the meat itself a roast too. Another way to use this word is to mean “to make fun of someone,” like a toast but meaner and funnier. Comedians are known to roast each other, telling one joke after another mocking the person they're celebrating. This comes from an eighteenth century use of roast to mean "an unmerciful bantering."

Primary Meanings of roast

cook with dry heat, usually in an oven
(meat) cooked by dry heat in an oven
a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion
subject to laughter or ridicule
negative criticism
Full Definitions of roast

v cook with dry heat, usually in an oven

roast the turkey”
pan roast
roast in a pan
Type of:
transform and make suitable for consumption by heating

adj (meat) cooked by dry heat in an oven

having been prepared for eating by the application of heat

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

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blade roast
a roast cut from the blade
pot roast
cut of beef suitable for simmering in liquid in a closed pot
rib roast, standing rib roast
a cut of meat (beef or venison) including more than one rib and the meat located along the outside of the ribs
top round
roast cut from the round; usually suitable for roasting
rump roast
a cut of beef or veal from the fleshy hindquarters of the animal
beef roast, roast beef
cut of beef suitable for roasting
roast veal, veal roast
cut of veal suitable for roasting
lamb roast, roast lamb
a cut of lamb suitable for roasting
pork roast, roast pork
cut of pork suitable for roasting
bottom round
cut from the round; suitable for pot roast
breast of veal
usually stuffed and roasted
larded veal braised and glazed in its own juices
crown roast, rack of lamb
a roast of the rib section of lamb
gigot, leg of lamb
lamb leg suitable for roasting
Type of:
cut, cut of meat
a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass

v subject to laughter or ridicule

“His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday”
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule
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mock or make fun of playfully
lampoon, satirise, satirize
ridicule with satire
debunk, expose
expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
cause to appear foolish
uncloak, unmask
reveal the true nature of
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bemock, mock
treat with contempt

n negative criticism

Type of:
criticism, critique
a serious examination and judgment of something

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