Definition of roust in English:

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Pronunciation: /raʊst/


[with object]
1North American Cause to get up or start moving; rouse: I rousted him out of his bed with a cup of tea
More example sentences
  • While foraging, the pigs roust grubs that the pheasants eat.
  • The soldiers dismount and secure the area and with little warning, kick in the door, roust the residents out of the house, and search and ransack the home.
  • So one imagines busloads of volunteers wandering the streets, knocking on doors, rousting people out of bus stations, and hauling them to the polls where they can simultaneously register and vote.
2 informal Treat roughly; harass: the detectives who had rousted him the night of the murder
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  • The cops treat him like a common hood and roust him at a moment's notice.
  • Officers move in brutally rousting the boys as the recorder plays on.
  • Within this urban landscape of have and have-nots live tens of thousands of street children, eking out a bare existence, ever on their guard against being rousted by the police.


Mid 17th century: perhaps an alteration of rouse.

Words that rhyme with roust

Faust, frowst, joust, oust
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