- a defeat attended with disorderly flight; dispersal of a defeated force in complete disorder: to put an army to rout; to put reason to rout.
- any overwhelming defeat: a rout of the home team by the state champions.
- a tumultuous or disorderly crowd of persons.
- the rabble or mob.
- Law. a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a manner that suggests an intention to riot although they do not actually carry out the intention.
- a large, formal evening party or social gathering.
- Archaic. a company or band of people.
- to disperse in defeat and disorderly flight: to rout an army.
- to defeat decisively: to rout an opponent in conversation.
Origin of rout1
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- to root: pigs routing in the garden.
- to poke, search, or rummage.
- to turn over or dig up (something) with the snout.
- to find or get by searching, rummaging, etc. (usually followed by out).
- to cause to rise from bed (often followed by up or out).
- to force or drive out.
- to hollow out or furrow, as with a scoop, gouge, or machine.
Origin of rout2
- to snore.
Origin of rout3
- to bellow; roar.
- a bellow.
Origin of rout4
Examples from the Web for rout
He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
He raced the other way to make the score 22-0; the rout was on.Super Blowout: Seahawks Buck Broncos to Take Home the Championship Title
February 3, 2014
The Chinese public had waited so long for their Ping-Pong Spring that they bellowed constant approval of the rout.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
January 9, 2014
And was it really necessary for Winston to pass for all those 440 yards in a 37-point rout of Clemson?The Heisman ‘Bad Boys’: Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, and Who Should Really Win
December 14, 2013
What he wants is a reckless Republican overreach, leading to public outrage, leading to a Republican rout.Obama Gets Tough
January 16, 2013
The sally failed, and the men of Mansoul were turned to rout.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Artillery, baggage, all was lost; and the rout was complete.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
After that Henriette and Sandoz, who were in consternation, witnessed the rout of their menu.His Masterpiece
I don't know whether you are seeking to complete the rout of my senses.The Trampling of the Lilies
A person of breeding choosing the cause of the rout and rabble!The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- an overwhelming defeat
- a disorderly retreat
- a noisy rabble
- law a group of three or more people proceeding to commit an illegal act
- archaic a large party or social gathering
- (tr) to defeat and cause to flee in confusion
- to dig over or turn up (something), esp (of an animal) with the snout; root
- (tr ; usually foll by out or up) to get or find by searching
- (tr usually foll by out) to force or drive outthey routed him out of bed at midnight
- (tr often foll by out) to hollow or gouge out
- (intr) to search, poke, or rummage
Word Origin and History for rout
1590s, "disorderly retreat following a defeat," from Middle French route "disorderly flight of troops," literally "a breaking off, rupture," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," literally "a broken group," from noun use of Latin rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)).
The archaic English noun rout "group of persons, assemblage," is the same word, from Anglo-French rute, Old French route "host, troop, crowd," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," here with sense of "a division, a detachment." It first came to English meaning "group of soldiers" (early 13c.), also "gang of outlaws or rioters, mob" (c.1300) before the more general sense developed 14c. Also as a legal term. Cf. rout-cake (1807), one baked for use at a reception.
"drive into disordered flight by defeat," c.1600, from rout (n.). Related: Routed; routing.