verb (used with object), roused, rous·ing.
verb (used without object), roused, rous·ing.
Origin of rouse1
Examples from the Web for roused
The kneeling nuns, roused from their devout abstraction, made their reverence and went away.
He tried to calm me, but I was roused at last, and drawing my long knife barred his way.
Our president was roused to speak out against guns by the massacre of 20 youngsters at Sandy Hook.‘Safe Passage’ Signs Are a Signal That Chicago Has Surrendered|Michael Daly|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He no doubt could have been roused to fury if a real kafir contributed to his younger brother preferring a-h-h-h-h to Allah.Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Best Friend, Brendan Mess, an Unsolved Killing|Michael Daly|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Whether or not that signaled a higher-profile return to politics, it was a good exit line that roused the CPAC crowd.Romney Apologizes for Defeat at CPAC, Says He’ll ‘Be Your Coworker’|Howard Kurtz|March 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was roused from a meditation on these dire imaginings, by the sudden appearance of two figures at a turn of the lane.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 1(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Finally he roused himself, removed his leg from the horn, and straightened in the saddle.The Heritage of the Hills|Arthur P. Hankins
But it was not alone this encroachment upon their lands, which roused their savage passions.Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet|Benjamin Drake
Every one was enchanted with the song, and was roused by it to the greatest enthusiasm.Immortal Songs of Camp and Field|Louis Albert Banks
The voice, speaking suddenly in his ear from behind, roused Archie from his reflections.Indiscretions of Archie|P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for roused (1 of 2)
Word Origin for rouse
British Dictionary definitions for roused (2 of 2)
Word Origin for rouse
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.