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roost

[roost] /rust/
noun
1.
a perch upon which birds or fowls rest at night.
2.
a large cage, house, or place for fowls or birds to roost in.
3.
a place for sitting, resting, or lodging.
verb (used without object)
4.
to sit or rest on a roost, perch, etc.
5.
to settle or stay, especially for the night.
Idioms
6.
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.
7.
rule the roost, to be in charge or control; dominate:
It was only too apparent that his grandfather ruled the roost.
Origin of roost
1100
before 1100; Middle English roost (noun), Old English hrōst; cognate with Middle Dutch roest
Related forms
unroosted, adjective
unroosting, adjective
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Examples from the Web for roosted
Historical Examples
  • Parrots jabbered and a few of them roosted in the iguana tree.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • Then, on being called, the bird settled and roosted on the ground beside him.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • It always, however, returned at night, and roosted among the branches of the great nwana-tree.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • As they all roosted like chickens on the beams, there sounded a footstep just outside.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • These were falcons which roosted in the Vedr and lived upon the doves of Iviza and Formentera.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He said he couldn't "tum down, betause the roosted was on his feets."

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • And for an hour after they roosted on the housetop and trees, and laughed like human beings.

    The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Now the cocks and hens many of them roosted under the house, which was built on pillars, and set some distance above the ground.

    Queensland Cousins Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
  • A gang of these great birds has roosted in the pecan grove, close to where the prairie pirates are encamped.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • They roosted with the chickens several nights, but took to the fields again as soon as the snow began to melt.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
British Dictionary definitions for roosted

roost

/ruːst/
noun
1.
a place, perch, branch, etc, where birds, esp domestic fowl, rest or sleep
2.
a temporary place to rest or stay
3.
rule the roost, See rule (sense 20)
verb
4.
(intransitive) to rest or sleep on a roost
5.
(intransitive) to settle down or stay
6.
come home to roost, to have unfavourable repercussions
Word Origin
Old English hrōst; related to Old Saxon hrost loft, German Rost grid

Roost

/ruːst/
noun
1.
the Roost, a powerful current caused by conflicting tides around the Shetland and Orkney Islands
Word Origin
C16: from Old Norse röst
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Word Origin and History for roosted

roost

n.

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.

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for roosted

roost

noun

One's home; pad (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with roosted
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