Definition for rousing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), roused, rous·ing.
verb (used without object), roused, rous·ing.
Origin of rouse1
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|Malcolm Jones|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is met by a rousing round of applause and knowing nods.Backstage at the Razzie Awards, Honoring Hollywood’s Worst Films|David Eckstein|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The rousing response to that from fans in attendance: who friggin cares?Britney Spears’s Vegas Show Is a Big Fat Hit, Obviously|Kevin Fallon|December 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
That joke in particular, got a rousing response from the audience.Yes, 'Saturday Night Live' Predicted the Obamacare Failure|Kevin Fallon|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Why did he insist on rousing me when I was there alone, quite peaceful, forgetting everything, sunk in a placid indulgent calm!The Torrent|Vicente Blasco Ibaez
The play went on, and Kathleen, rousing with a start out of her languid mood, watched it with eager eyes.Kathleen's Diamonds|Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
But, rousing himself at length, he rose and scanned the river for signs of his late escort.Samba|Herbert Strang
When the engine-room staff heard that our pursuers had given up the chase they greeted the news with three rousing cheers.Gun running for Casement in the Easter rebellion, 1916|Karl Spindler
Finally, for the work of enlightening and rousing France to insurrection, only a sum of 100,000 francs was allowed.History of the Commune of 1871|P. Lissagary
British Dictionary definitions for rousing (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for rousing (2 of 3)
Word Origin for rouse
British Dictionary definitions for rousing (3 of 3)
Word Origin for rouse
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.