Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

roost

play
noun \ˈrüst\

Simple Definition of roost

  • : a place where birds rest or sleep

Full Definition of roost

  1. 1 a :  a support on which birds rest b :  a place where winged animals and especially birds customarily roost

  2. 2 :  a group of birds roosting together

Origin of roost

Middle English, from Old English hrōst; akin to Old Saxon hrōst attic


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with roost


2

roost

verb

Simple Definition of roost

  • of a bird : to rest or sleep somewhere

Full Definition of roost

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to settle down for rest or sleep :  perch

  3. 2 :  to settle oneself as if on a roost

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to supply a roost for or put to roost

Examples of roost

  1. Pigeons roost on the building's ledge.

  2. <pigeons flying home to roost on the roof>



1530

First Known Use of roost

1530



ROOST Defined for Kids

1

roost

play
noun \ˈrüst\

Definition of roost

  1. :  a place where birds rest or sleep




2

roost

play
verb

Definition of roost

roost·edroost·ing

  1. :  to settle down for rest or sleep <Sparrows roost in the trees.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up roost? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ