verb (used with object)

to rout, as from a place: to roust someone out of bed.

Origin of roust

First recorded in 1650–60; perhaps alteration of rouse1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for roust

motivate, provoke, rouse, rout, stir

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British Dictionary definitions for roust



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

Word Origin for roust

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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