rous·​ing ˈrau̇-ziŋ How to pronounce rousing (audio)
: giving rise to excitement : stirring
a rousing speech
: exceptional, superlative
a rousing success
rousingly adverb

Examples of rousing in a Sentence

She was met with a rousing reception. a rousing rendition of our national anthem
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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rousing was in 1576

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“Rousing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having the power to rouse one
sang a rousing hymn
a rousing speech
: very good : exceptional
a rousing business

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