rout

1
[ rout ]
/ raʊt /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to disperse in defeat and disorderly flight: to rout an army.
to defeat decisively: to rout an opponent in conversation.

Nearby words

  1. roussel, albert,
  2. roussillon,
  3. roust,
  4. roustabout,
  5. rouster,
  6. route,
  7. route 128,
  8. route march,
  9. route one,
  10. route survey

Origin of rout

1
1200–50; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French rute, Old French route a fraction, detachment < Latin rupta, feminine past participle of rumpere to break; (v.) derivative of the noun

Can be confusedroot rout route

rout

2
[ rout ]
/ raʊt /

verb (used without object)

to root: pigs routing in the garden.
to poke, search, or rummage.

verb (used with object)

Origin of rout

2
1540–50; alteration of root2; compare Middle Dutch ruten to root out

rout

3
[ rout ]
/ raʊt /

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to snore.

Origin of rout

3
before 900; Middle English routen, Old English hrūtan; cognate with Old High German hrūzan

rout

4
[ rout, root ]
/ raʊt, rut /
Chiefly British Dialect

verb (used with or without object)

to bellow; roar.

noun

a bellow.

Origin of rout

4
1250–1300; Middle English rowten < Old Norse rauta to bellow; akin to Latin rudere

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British Dictionary definitions for rout

rout

1
/ (raʊt) /

noun

an overwhelming defeat
a disorderly retreat
a noisy rabble
law a group of three or more people proceeding to commit an illegal act
archaic a large party or social gathering

verb

(tr) to defeat and cause to flee in confusion

Word Origin for rout

C13: from Anglo-Norman rute, from Old French: disorderly band, from Latin ruptus broken, from rumpere to burst; see route

verb

to dig over or turn up (something), esp (of an animal) with the snout; root
(tr ; usually foll by out or up) to get or find by searching
(tr usually foll by out) to force or drive outthey routed him out of bed at midnight
(tr often foll by out) to hollow or gouge out
(intr) to search, poke, or rummage

Word Origin for rout

C16: variant of root ²

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