roust(redirected from rousts)
Also found in: Idioms.
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(often foll by: out) to rout or stir, as out of bed
[C17: perhaps an alteration of rouse1]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
to rout, as from a place: to roust someone out of bed.
[1650–60; perhaps alter. of rouse1]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: rousted
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007