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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 roosting

locate, occupy, reside, populate, possess, sit, settle, crash, abide, alight, squat, hover, linger, stop, live, continue, endure, stand, persist, last

Examples from the Web for roosting

Contemporary Examples of roosting

Historical Examples of roosting

  • The pigeons were roosting and nestling all over her, on her hands, her waist, and her shoulders.

  • Mrs. Granby was roosting all by herself on a sofy in the parlor.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Julius, who was mate, was roosting on the lee rail amid-ships, helping him swear.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • But a thing with feathers, roosting in a tree, must be some kind of a fowl—yes?

  • Overhead the rooks streamed homewards to their roosting trees.

    Wood Magic

    Richard Jefferies


British Dictionary definitions for roosting

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 roosting

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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roost

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 roosting

roost

see chickens come home to roost; rule the roost.

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