- 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.
- to sit or rest on a roost, perch, etc.
- to settle or stay, especially for the night.
- 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
Examples from the Web for roosting
Presumably, Fischer would rather be roosting home in Cambridge, Mass.Fischer King Departs
January 31, 2013
The pigeons were roosting and nestling all over her, on her hands, her waist, and her shoulders.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Mrs. Granby was roosting all by herself on a sofy in the parlor.
Julius, who was mate, was roosting on the lee rail amid-ships, helping him swear.
But a thing with feathers, roosting in a tree, must be some kind of a fowl—yes?The Corner House Girls at School
Grace Brooks Hill
Overhead the rooks streamed homewards to their roosting trees.Wood Magic
- 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)
- (intr) to rest or sleep on a roost
- (intr) to settle down or stay
- come home to roost to have unfavourable repercussions
- the Roost a powerful current caused by conflicting tides around the Shetland and Orkney Islands
Word Origin and History for roosting
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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with roosting
see chickens come home to roost; rule the roost.