- a perch upon which birds or fowls rest at night.
- a large cage, house, or place for fowls or birds to roost in.
- a place for sitting, resting, or lodging.
- to sit or rest on a roost, perch, etc.
- to settle or stay, especially for the night.
- come home to roost, (of an action) to revert or react unfavorably to the doer; boomerang: an evil deed that came home to roost and ruined his life.
- rule the roost, to be in charge or control; dominate: It was only too apparent that his grandfather ruled the roost.
Origin of roost
- a place, perch, branch, etc, where birds, esp domestic fowl, rest or sleep
- a temporary place to rest or stay
- rule the roost See rule (def. 20)
- (intr) to rest or sleep on a roost
- (intr) to settle down or stay
- come home to roost to have unfavourable repercussions
- the Roost a powerful current caused by conflicting tides around the Shetland and Orkney Islands
Word Origin and History for come home to roost
late Old English hrost "wooden framework of a roof, perch for domestic fowl," from Proto-Germanic *hro(d)-st- (cf. Old Saxon hrost "framework of a roof, attic," Middle Dutch, Flemish, Dutch roest "roost," Old Norse hrot, Gothic hrot "roof," of unknown origin. Exact relationship and ulterior connections unknown. Extended sense "hen-house" is from 1580s. To rule the roost is recorded from 1769.
1520s, from roost (n.). Related: Roosted; roosting. Chickens come home to roost in reference to eventual consequences of bad actions attested from 1824; the original proverb seems to have been curses, like chickens, come home to roost.