roost

[ roost ]
/ rust /

noun

a perch upon which birds or fowls rest at night.
a large cage, house, or place for fowls or birds to roost in.
a place for sitting, resting, or lodging.

verb (used without object)

to sit or rest on a roost, perch, etc.
to settle or stay, especially for the night.

Nearby words

  1. roosevelt, eleanor,
  2. roosevelt, franklin d.,
  3. roosevelt, franklin delano,
  4. roosevelt, theodore,
  5. rooseveltian,
  6. rooster,
  7. rooster tail,
  8. roosterfish,
  9. root,
  10. root amputation

Idioms

    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.
    rule the roost, to be in charge or control; dominate: It was only too apparent that his grandfather ruled the roost.

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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British Dictionary definitions for roost

roost

/ (ruːst) /

noun

a place, perch, branch, etc, where birds, esp domestic fowl, rest or sleep
a temporary place to rest or stay
rule the roost See rule (def. 20)

verb

(intr) to rest or sleep on a roost
(intr) to settle down or stay
come home to roost to have unfavourable repercussions

Word Origin for roost

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

Roost

/ (ruːst) /

noun

the Roost a powerful current caused by conflicting tides around the Shetland and Orkney Islands

Word Origin for Roost

C16: from Old Norse röst

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Word Origin and History for roost
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Idioms and Phrases with roost

roost

see chickens come home to roost; rule the roost.

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