\ 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 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, "More Than 900 Children Have Been Expelled Under a Pandemic Border Policy," 20 May 2020 Transients rousted from Los Angeles during the Great Depression, which led to the federal social safety net. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: The coronavirus crisis will change America in big ways. History says so," 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, "Smith: Rabbit pursuit a return to hunting roots," 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,, "Column: Bulls have a coach and a roster that give them a chance to be good again," 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, "Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca leaving for Penn State," 26 Dec. 2019 Several weeks before, Tualatin police had responded to a report of a man unconscious behind the wheel of a Toyota Prius stopped in traffic near Lower Boones Ferry Road and Southwest 72nd Avenue around 8:30 p.m. The officers rousted the man awake. oregonlive, "‘E.T.’ star Henry Thomas fudged sobriety tests, threatened officer after found passed out in traffic, records show," 6 Dec. 2019 While the troops mounted into their trucks, a soldier knocked on the trailers around the garrison to roust North and the Fox cameraman. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 By this point, Assange had been in the embassy, avoiding arrest, for more than four years and would be there for two more before authorities rousted him this past April. Craig Timberg,, "Brittany Kaiser regrets that her work with Cambridge Analytica helped elect Trump," 5 Aug. 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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The first known use of roust was in 1658

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2 Jun 2020

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“Roust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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