rout


1rout

noun \ˈrat\

Definition of ROUT

1
:  a crowd of people; specifically :  rabble 2b
2
a :  disturbance
b archaic :  fuss
3
:  a fashionable gathering

Origin of ROUT

Middle English route band, company of soldiers, crowd, from Anglo-French rute band, from Vulgar Latin *rupta, from Latin, feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break — more at reave
First Known Use: 13th century

2rout

verb \ˈrōt, ˈrüt\

Definition of ROUT

intransitive verb
dial chiefly British
:  to low loudly :  bellow —used of cattle

Origin of ROUT

Middle English rowten, from Old Norse rauta; akin to Old English rēotan to weep, Latin rudere to roar
First Known Use: 14th century

3rout

verb \ˈrat\

Definition of ROUT

intransitive verb
1
:  to poke around with the snout :  root <pigs routing in the earth>
2
:  to search haphazardly
transitive verb
1
a archaic :  to dig up with the snout
b :  to gouge out or make a furrow in (as wood or metal)
2
a :  to force out as if by digging —usually used with out
b :  to cause to emerge especially from bed
3
:  to come up with :  uncover <scouts…routing out new talent — Carrie Donovan>

Origin of ROUT

alteration of 3root
First Known Use: circa 1564

4rout

noun \ˈrat\

Definition of ROUT

1
:  a state of wild confusion or disorderly retreat
2
a :  a disastrous defeat :  debacle
b :  a precipitate flight

Origin of ROUT

Middle French route defeat, perhaps from mettre en route to set going, put into motion
First Known Use: 1598

5rout

verb \ˈrat\

Definition of ROUT

transitive verb
1
a :  to disorganize completely :  demoralize
b :  to put to precipitate flight
c :  to defeat decisively or disastrously <the discomfiture of seeing their party routed at the polls — A. N. Holcombe>
2
:  to drive out :  dispel

First Known Use of ROUT

circa 1600

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