- to rout, as from a place: to roust someone out of bed.
Origin of roust
First recorded in 1650–60; perhaps alteration of rouse1
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Examples from the Web for roust
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.Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife
- (tr often foll by out) to rout or stir, as out of bed
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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