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roost

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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to sit or rest on a roost, perch, etc.
  2. to settle or stay, especially for the night.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
  2. rule the roost, to be in charge or control; dominate: It was only too apparent that his grandfather ruled the roost.
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Origin of roost

before 1100; Middle English roost (noun), Old English hrōst; cognate with Middle Dutch roest
Related formsun·roost·ed, adjectiveun·roost·ing, adjective
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Related Words for roost

birdhouse, henhouse, abode, perch, land, sit, alight, settle, sleep, lodging

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Historical Examples of roost

  • And force is a crime in the eyes of the fools, the weak and the silly who rule the roost.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for roost

roost

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 (def. 20)
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verb
  1. (intr) to rest or sleep on a roost
  2. (intr) to settle down or stay
  3. come home to roost to have unfavourable repercussions
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Word Origin for roost

Old English hrōst; related to Old Saxon hrost loft, German Rost grid

Roost

noun
  1. the Roost a powerful current caused by conflicting tides around the Shetland and Orkney Islands
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Word Origin for Roost

C16: from Old Norse röst
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with roost

roost

see chickens come home to roost; rule the roost.

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