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

Origin of roust

First recorded in 1650–60; perhaps alteration of rouse1

Words Nearby roust Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use roust in a sentence

  • No, if Leonard stand, I roust first see to get him in; and next, to keep Egerton out.

    My Novel, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Whenever the father builds, games, or electioneers, the heir and title roust go to market.

    The Heiress; | John Burgoyne
  • I said he'd better roust the old josser out, and be damned smart about it.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. | H. Taprell Dorling
  • Several persons were drowned at Coburn, Mrs. roust and three children among the number.

    History of the Johnstown Flood | Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • To make his acceptance of the situation easier, his only course was to roust his friend's anger.

    The Victim | Thomas Dixon

British Dictionary definitions for roust


/ (raʊst) /

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

Origin of roust

C17: perhaps an alteration of rouse 1

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