- exciting; stirring: a rousing song.
- active or vigorous: a rousing campaign.
- brisk; lively: a rousing business.
- exceptional; extraordinary: a rousing lie.
Origin of rousing
- 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 rousing
Because it is not the rousing King we expect, we are disappointed.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
But you must have gotten a sense of the rousing response Max was met with in the gay community.How 'The Mindy Project' Star Adam Pally Became Hollywood's Go-To 'Bro'
August 6, 2014
After “Who Gon Stop Me,” the two join each other onstage for a rousing rendition of “Otis,” the Otis Redding-sampling rap ballad.Jay Z and Kanye West Deliver the Mother of All Performances at SXSW
March 13, 2014
This is met by a rousing round of applause and knowing nods.Backstage at the Razzie Awards, Honoring Hollywood’s Worst Films
March 2, 2014
The rousing response to that from fans in attendance: who friggin cares?Britney Spears’s Vegas Show Is a Big Fat Hit, Obviously
December 28, 2013
The boy, rousing for an instant, would lapse again into stupor.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
As she left for her state-room, a rousing cheer was heard from on deck.A Woman Intervenes
He was rousing the dissenters against the Church school of the estate.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
It is not only the existence of war that is rousing the conscience.Mountain Meditations
She was on the point of rousing Etienne and of carrying him there in her arms.L'Assommoir
- tending to rouse or excite; lively, brisk, or vigorousa rousing chorus
- 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 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.