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[roust] /raʊst/
verb (used with object)
to rout, as from a place:
to roust someone out of bed.
Origin of roust
First recorded in 1650-60; perhaps alteration of rouse1 Unabridged
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(transitive) often foll by out. to rout or stir, as out of bed
Word Origin
C17: perhaps an alteration of rouse1
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Word Origin and History for roust

1650s, probably an alteration of rouse. Related: Rousted; rousting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for roust



Raid or harassment: What's the roust? You gonna close this place?


  1. Esp of police officers, to harass someone; chivvy, rough up: always being rousted by cops
  2. To arrest: Try rousting me and see what real resistance is like
  3. To raid: They're rousting all the gay bars

[1970s+; fr rouster or rooster, ''a deckhand or waterfront laborer,'' attested fr the mid1800s, hence with connotations of roughness; related to roustabout, fr British dialect rous-about, ''unwieldy,'' rousing, ''rough, shaggy,'' and rousy, ''filthy''; the semantic core seems to combine roughness with laziness, in the old heroic mold, and to be associated with the behavior of the rooster, who combines rough vigor with long periods on the perch; first verb sense found in 1904 prison slang in the sense ''to jostle,'' and by the 1940s in the sense ''to jostle so as to pick a pocket'']

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