- a defeat attended with disorderly flight; dispersal of a defeated force in complete disorder: to put an army to rout; to put reason to rout.
- any overwhelming defeat: a rout of the home team by the state champions.
- a tumultuous or disorderly crowd of persons.
- the rabble or mob.
- Law. a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a manner that suggests an intention to riot although they do not actually carry out the intention.
- a large, formal evening party or social gathering.
- Archaic. a company or band of people.
- to disperse in defeat and disorderly flight: to rout an army.
- to defeat decisively: to rout an opponent in conversation.
Origin of rout1
- to root: pigs routing in the garden.
- to poke, search, or rummage.
- to turn over or dig up (something) with the snout.
- to find or get by searching, rummaging, etc. (usually followed by out).
- to cause to rise from bed (often followed by up or out).
- to force or drive out.
- to hollow out or furrow, as with a scoop, gouge, or machine.
Origin of rout2
- to snore.
Origin of rout3
- to bellow; roar.
- a bellow.
Origin of rout4
Related Wordsdisaster, romp, drubbing, whipping, thrashing, embarrassment, debacle, beating, shutout, repulse, crush, finish, subdue, expel, beat, trounce, clobber, overpower, conquer, kill
Examples from the Web for routs
All routs, all assemblies, all circles, and all balls were at a stop.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
And then your routs are so ill conducted, the society so mixed.The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two
First came the routs and the balls; then, when he had been presented to the husbands, came the dinners.Lothair
For what with the routs and the tea drinkings the city is monstrously gay.Peggy Owen Patriot
Lucy Foster Madison
He learned in boyhood, and danced at "balls and routs" until he was sixty-four.Hero Stories from American History
Albert F. Blaisdell
- 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
- (tr) to defeat and cause to flee in confusion
- 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 and History for routs
1590s, "disorderly retreat following a defeat," from Middle French route "disorderly flight of troops," literally "a breaking off, rupture," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," literally "a broken group," from noun use of Latin rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)).
The archaic English noun rout "group of persons, assemblage," is the same word, from Anglo-French rute, Old French route "host, troop, crowd," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," here with sense of "a division, a detachment." It first came to English meaning "group of soldiers" (early 13c.), also "gang of outlaws or rioters, mob" (c.1300) before the more general sense developed 14c. Also as a legal term. Cf. rout-cake (1807), one baked for use at a reception.
"drive into disordered flight by defeat," c.1600, from rout (n.). Related: Routed; routing.