\ ˈrau̇st How to pronounce roust (audio) \
rousted; rousting; rousts

Definition of roust

transitive verb

: to drive (as from bed) roughly or unceremoniously

Examples of roust in a Sentence

The soldiers were rousted from their beds before sunrise.
Recent Examples on the Web Most became involved to roust Trump from office — nearly 2 out of 3 voters rejected him in favor of Democrat Joe Biden. Joe Garofoli,, 18 Jan. 2021 The city had been on edge after prosecutors declined to bring charges in 2014 against the officer who killed Dontre Hamilton, who had been asleep on a park bench when police were called to roust him. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 27 Aug. 2020 State troopers have repeatedly tried to roust the demonstrators, swooping in on late-night raids to seize their belongings and to arrest the activists. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2020 Others have been rousted from their beds in the middle of the night in U.S. government shelters and put on planes out of the country without any notification to their families. Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, 20 May 2020 Transients rousted from Los Angeles during the Great Depression, which led to the federal social safety net. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2020 The musical track and rabbit rousting was courtesy of Bailey (age 9) and Raven (2), two beagles owned by Miller, and Elmer (1.5) owned by Brad Lawrence. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Feb. 2020 Boylen was like a double shot of espresso served to a team comfortable sipping chamomile tea, rousting everyone in a sleepy locker room to play harder and get tougher. David Haugh,, 23 Oct. 2019 Related Articles Ciarrocca then rousted Fleck out of bed with a callback at 2 a.m. Fleck said his first thought was Ciarrocca wanted more money, but that wouldn’t have been possible. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of roust

1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roust

alteration of rouse entry 1

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“Roust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of roust

US : to force (someone or something) to move from a place

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