\ 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

Before dawn on March 11, 1982, the four were rousted in their San Salvador hotel and taken to secret police headquarters for interrogation by Moran. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "New push for justice after 4 Dutch journalists slain in 1982," 25 Mar. 2019 To The Pathe Archives: Here are some Soviet Russian spies being rousted in Australia in 1954. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Correction Matters. The Reporting Matters, Too.," 16 Mar. 2018 Encampments are rousted, spurring the people in them to move somewhere else. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 2018 Guests were rousted from areas like the popular Elkmont Campground and Metcalf Bottoms Picnic and directed to the park's Sugarlands Visitor Center, officials said. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Campers told to get out quickly as rain creates torrent of water at campground," 28 June 2018 The rebel fighters came early, barreling into the rural Liberian village of Bakiedou just after dawn and rousting locals from their homes at gunpoint. Jeremy Roebuck,, "'The only good Krahn man is a dead Krahn man': How culpable is Delco resident for ethnic atrocities in Liberia?," 22 June 2018 Turgel was imprisoned in several concentration camps after the Nazis invaded Poland and rousted her family from a comfortable home in Krakow. kansascity, "In memoriam through June 15: Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton, Neal Boyd of ‘AGT’," 15 June 2018 Teenagers come and go in surly waves, and the LAPD rousts a man who has fallen asleep. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Magazine, "How Our Changing Habits Killed an L.A. Shopping Mall," 21 May 2018 There, organizers will scan the card and be able to see, in real time, who has voted — and roust those who haven’t. Jim Wyss And Cody Weddle, miamiherald, "Venezuela's Maduro aims to turn empty stomachs into full ballot boxes | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of roust

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

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