[ rou-zing ]
/ ˈraʊ zɪŋ /


exciting; stirring: a rousing song.
active or vigorous: a rousing campaign.
brisk; lively: a rousing business.
exceptional; extraordinary: a rousing lie.

Origin of rousing

First recorded in 1635–45; rouse1 + -ing2
Related formsrous·ing·ly, adverbnon·rous·ing, adjectiveun·rous·ing, adjective

Definition for rousing (2 of 2)


[ rouz ]
/ raʊz /

verb (used with object), roused, rous·ing.

verb (used without object), roused, rous·ing.

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 rouse

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

Synonym study

1, 2. See incite. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rousing

British Dictionary definitions for rousing (1 of 3)


/ (ˈraʊzɪŋ) /


tending to rouse or excite; lively, brisk, or vigorousa rousing chorus
Derived Formsrousingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for rousing (2 of 3)


/ (raʊz) /



mainly US another term for reveille
Derived Formsrousedness (ˈraʊzɪdnɪs), noun

Word Origin for rouse

C15 (in sense 5): origin obscure

British Dictionary definitions for rousing (3 of 3)


/ (raʊz) /

noun archaic

an alcoholic drink, esp a full measure
another word for carousal

Word Origin for rouse

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 rousing



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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