roust(redirected from rousts)
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tr.v. roust·ed, roust·ing, rousts
1. To cause to get out of bed.
2. To cause to leave; drive away: people who were rousted out of their homes by rioters.
3. To confront or treat aggressively: The police rousted a group of teenagers in the park.
[Probably alteration of rouse.]
(often foll by: out) to rout or stir, as out of bed
[C17: perhaps an alteration of rouse1]
to rout, as from a place: to roust someone out of bed.
[1650–60; perhaps alter. of rouse1]
Past participle: rousted