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verb (used with object)
  1. to rout, as from a place: to roust someone out of bed.
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Origin of roust

First recorded in 1650–60; perhaps alteration of rouse1
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Historical Examples

  • I'll roust out some passengers and toss 'em to you—you toss 'em along in there.

    Subspace Survivors

    E. E. Smith

  • If the jedge is a gwyne to hold cote, I got to roust 'em out, I reckon.

    The Gilded Age, Complete

    Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner

  • Yit ef he start atter me dis blessid night, I lay I roust de whole plantation.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • Ah, Lieutenant Stairs, please take a party and roust every man out.

  • I guess,” sez he, “that the dinner bell would be apt to roust you out the second or third day.

British Dictionary definitions for roust


  1. (tr often foll by out) to rout or stir, as out of bed
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps an alteration of rouse 1
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Word Origin and History for roust


1650s, probably an alteration of rouse. Related: Rousted; rousting.

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