- to bring out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, fancied security, apathy, depression, etc.: He was roused to action by courageous words.
- to stir or incite to strong indignation or anger.
- to cause (game) to start from a covert or lair.
- Nautical. to pull by main strength; haul.
- to come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy, depression, etc.
- to start up from a covert or lair, as game.
- a rousing.
- a signal for rousing; reveille.
Origin of rouse1
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Examples from the Web for roused
The kneeling nuns, roused from their devout abstraction, made their reverence and went away.
He tried to calm me, but I was roused at last, and drawing my long knife barred his way.
Our president was roused to speak out against guns by the massacre of 20 youngsters at Sandy Hook.‘Safe Passage’ Signs Are a Signal That Chicago Has Surrendered
August 14, 2013
He no doubt could have been roused to fury if a real kafir contributed to his younger brother preferring a-h-h-h-h to Allah.Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Best Friend, Brendan Mess, an Unsolved Killing
April 23, 2013
Whether or not that signaled a higher-profile return to politics, it was a good exit line that roused the CPAC crowd.Romney Apologizes for Defeat at CPAC, Says He’ll ‘Be Your Coworker’
March 15, 2013
She never heard the end of the story, but was roused by the laughter that followed it.
She started suddenly awake, seeming to have been roused by the opening of a door.
She roused every fevered nerve to do battle with the strong man for his son.
In the meantime he will go home, and not a suspicion will be roused.
But, what roused him in violent resentment only appealed to Sidney's curiosity.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- to bring (oneself or another person) out of sleep, unconsciousness, etc, or (of a person) to come to consciousness in this way
- (tr) to provoke, stir, or exciteto rouse someone's anger
- rouse oneself to become active or energetic
- hunting to start or cause to start from coverto rouse game birds
- (intr) falconry (of hawks) to ruffle the feathers and cause them to stand briefly on end (a sign of contentment)
- (raʊs) (intr foll by on) Australian to speak scoldingly or rebukingly (to)
- mainly US another term for reveille
- an alcoholic drink, esp a full measure
- another word for carousal
Word Origin and History for roused
mid-15c., intransitive probably from Anglo-French or Old French reuser, ruser, originally used in English of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, but like many hawking terms it is of obscure origin. Figurative meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1580s; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Roused; rousing.