rousted; rousting; rousts

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.
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Word History


alteration of rouse entry 1

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roust was in 1658

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Cite this Entry

“Roust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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