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.

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 forms

un·roost·ed, adjectiveun·roost·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for roost (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for roost (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with roost

roost


see chickens come home to roost; rule the roost.

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