- to bring out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, fancied security, apathy, depression, etc.: He was roused to action by courageous words.
- to stir or incite to strong indignation or anger.
- to cause (game) to start from a covert or lair.
- Nautical. to pull by main strength; haul.
- to come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy, depression, etc.
- to start up from a covert or lair, as game.
- a rousing.
- a signal for rousing; reveille.
Origin of rouse1
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Examples from the Web for rouser
"An' so you're goin' to put my father down on the black list," said the beetle-browed son of the Rouser.Fardorougha, The Miser
Our boys woke up early next morning, for a chill wind sweeping over Swarta Stack was as effectual a rouser as the dressing-bell.Viking Boys
Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
The men responded with a faint cheer—they were too much exhausted for "a rouser."North-Pole Voyages
Zachariah Atwell Mudge
After this “rouser,” as he called it, he sat down again, and almost immediately fell fast asleep.Blown to Bits
After this "rouser," as he called it, he sat down again, and almost immediately fell fast asleep.Blown to Bits
Robert Michael Ballantyne
- a person or thing that rouses people, such as a stirring speech or compelling rock song
- (in combination)rabble-rouser
- to bring (oneself or another person) out of sleep, unconsciousness, etc, or (of a person) to come to consciousness in this way
- (tr) to provoke, stir, or exciteto rouse someone's anger
- rouse oneself to become active or energetic
- hunting to start or cause to start from coverto rouse game birds
- (intr) falconry (of hawks) to ruffle the feathers and cause them to stand briefly on end (a sign of contentment)
- (raʊs) (intr foll by on) Australian to speak scoldingly or rebukingly (to)
- mainly US another term for reveille
- an alcoholic drink, esp a full measure
- another word for carousal
Word Origin and History for rouser
1610s, agent noun from rouse (v.).
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.