- 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
Examples from the Web for roost
“All the chickens are coming home to roost,” said opposition leader Antonio Di Pietro.Silvio Berlusconi Convicted of Tax Fraud, Banned From Holding Office
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 26, 2012
And past traumas and tribulations come home to roost for one reason only: so you can finally release them.What the Stars Hold for Your Week
Starsky + Cox
July 8, 2011
As House Majority Leader, DeLay ruled his roost with an iron fist that makes Nancy Pelosi look like Mary Poppins.Sending the Hammer to the Slammer
November 25, 2010
But now the chickens are coming back home to America to roost.Hateful Ground Zero Hypocrisy
August 2, 2010
When you win, it's a big party and the lottery sends out the invitations and all the chickens come home to roost.Lotto Death Curse
February 19, 2010
And force is a crime in the eyes of the fools, the weak and the silly who rule the roost.The Secret Agent
Yet, today, it hardly more than affords me room to roost on.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Now roost on the transom, over there in the corner, Stryker, and don't move.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Curses have, as the wise man said, a habit of coming home to roost.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The kittens slept in the nest, and the chickens on the 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 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.