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rout

noun \ ˈrau̇t \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rout

1 :a crowd of people; specifically :rabble 2b
b archaic :fuss
3 :a fashionable gathering

Origin and Etymology of rout

Middle English route "group, band of soldiers, crowd," borrowed from Anglo-French route, rute "band, herd, armed force," going back to Vulgar Latin *rupta "detachment," literally, "something broken off," going back to Latin, feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere "to break" — more at 1route


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rout

verb \ ˈrōt , ˈrüt \

Definition of rout

intransitive verb
dialectal, chiefly British
:to low loudly :bellow used of cattle

Origin and Etymology of rout

Middle English (northern) & early Scots rowten, rowte, borrowed from Old Norse rauta "to roar," going back to Germanic *rautōjan-, probably derivative of a noun *raut- "bellowing, roaring," from an ablaut derivative of *reutan- (whence Old English rēotan "to weep, wail," Old High German riozan "to weep, mourn," Old Swedish riuta "to roar"), going back to Indo-European *Hreu̯d- "produce a loud sound, weep," whence, with varying ablaut grades, Latin rudere, rūdere "to make a loud noise, bellow, bray," Lithuanian raudóti "to sob, weep," Old Church Slavic rydati, Sanskrit rodiṣi "(you) weep"


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rout

verb \ ˈrau̇t \

Definition of rout

intransitive verb
1 :to poke around with the snout :root
  • pigs routing in the earth
2 :to search haphazardly
transitive verb
1 a archaic :to dig up with the snout
b :to gouge out or make a furrow in (something, such as wood or metal)
2 a :to force out as if by digging usually used with out
b :to cause to emerge especially from bed
3 :to come up with :uncover
  • scouts … routing out new talent
  • —Carrie Donovan

Origin and Etymology of rout

presumed to be variant of wroot, 3root (though alteration of vowel is unexplained)


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rout

noun \ ˈrau̇t \

Definition of rout

1 :a state of wild confusion or disorderly retreat
2 a :a disastrous defeat :debacle
b :a precipitate flight

Origin and Etymology of rout

borrowed from Middle French route "defeat, disorderly retreat," noun derivative from feminine of rout, alternate past participle of rompre "to defeat, put to flight," literally, "to break, smash," going back to Old French, going back to Latin rumpere — more at 1route


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rout

verb \ ˈrau̇t \

Definition of rout

transitive verb
1 a :to disorganize completely :demoralize
b :to put to precipitate flight
c :to defeat decisively or disastrously
  • the discomfiture of seeing their party routed at the polls
  • —A. N. Holcombe
2 :to drive out :dispel

Origin and Etymology of rout

derivative of 4rout



ROUT Defined for Kids

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rout

verb \ ˈrau̇t \

Definition of rout for Students

routed; routing
1 :to cause to run away Flood routed people from their homes.
2 :to defeat completely

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rout

noun

Definition of rout for Students

1 :an easy or lopsided defeat
  • We lost 44-0—it was a rout.
2 :wild confusion or disorderly retreat


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