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verb (used with object), roused, rous·ing.
  1. to bring out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, fancied security, apathy, depression, etc.: He was roused to action by courageous words.
  2. to stir or incite to strong indignation or anger.
  3. to cause (game) to start from a covert or lair.
  4. Nautical. to pull by main strength; haul.
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verb (used without object), roused, rous·ing.
  1. to come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy, depression, etc.
  2. to start up from a covert or lair, as game.
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  1. a rousing.
  2. a signal for rousing; reveille.
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Origin of rouse1

1480–90 in sense “(of a hawk) to shake the feathers”; 1525–35 for def 3; origin uncertain
Related formsrous·ed·ness [rou-zid-nis] /ˈraʊ zɪd nɪs/, nounrous·er, nounun·roused, adjective


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1, 2. See incite.


1, 2. lull, calm, pacify.
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Related Words

arouse, awake, awaken, stir, disturb, provoke, trigger, incite, rile, agitate, inflame, startle, heighten, galvanize, kindle, rise, call, raise, urge, move

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  • She never heard the end of the story, but was roused by the laughter that followed it.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • She started suddenly awake, seeming to have been roused by the opening of a door.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • She roused every fevered nerve to do battle with the strong man for his son.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • In the meantime he will go home, and not a suspicion will be roused.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • But, what roused him in violent resentment only appealed to Sidney's curiosity.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for roused


  1. to bring (oneself or another person) out of sleep, unconsciousness, etc, or (of a person) to come to consciousness in this way
  2. (tr) to provoke, stir, or exciteto rouse someone's anger
  3. rouse oneself to become active or energetic
  4. hunting to start or cause to start from coverto rouse game birds
  5. (intr) falconry (of hawks) to ruffle the feathers and cause them to stand briefly on end (a sign of contentment)
  6. (raʊs) (intr foll by on) Australian to speak scoldingly or rebukingly (to)
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  1. mainly US another term for reveille
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Derived Formsrousedness (ˈraʊzɪdnɪs), noun

Word Origin

C15 (in sense 5): origin obscure


noun archaic
  1. an alcoholic drink, esp a full measure
  2. another word for carousal
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Word Origin

C17: probably a variant of carouse (as in the phrase drink a rouse, erroneous for drink carouse); compare Danish drikke en rus to become drunk, German Rausch drunkenness
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Word Origin and History for roused



mid-15c., intransitive probably from Anglo-French or Old French reuser, ruser, originally used in English of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, but like many hawking terms it is of obscure origin. Figurative meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1580s; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Roused; rousing.

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