- To rouse is to bring someone out of sleep, or to stir up an emotion.
- When you wake someone up, this is an example of a time when you rouse him.
- When you cause someone to become active who wasn't, this is an example of a time when you rouse him.
- When you cause someone to feel angry, this is an example of a time when you rouse anger.
- to cause (game) to rise from cover, come out of a lair, etc.; stir up to flight or attack
- to stir up, as to anger or action; excite
- to cause to come out of a state of sleep, repose, unconsciousness, etc.; wake
- Naut. to pull with force, esp. by hand; haul
Origin: L Middle English rowsen: origin, originally technical term inch(es) hawking and amp; hunting, hence probably from Anglo-French or Old French
- to rise from cover, etc.: said of game
- to come out of a state of sleep, repose, etc.; wake
- to become active
- the act of rousing
- a violent stir
- rouser noun
- a drink of liquor
- a carousal
Origin: aphetic for carouse (from mistaking drink carouse as drink a rouse)
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verb roused roused, rous·ing, rous·es verb, transitive
- To arouse from slumber, apathy, or depression.
- To excite, as to anger or action; stir up. See Synonyms at provoke.
- To awaken.
- To become active.
Origin: Middle English rousen, to shake the feathers: used of a hawk, perhaps from Old French reuser, ruser, to repel, push back, from Vulgar Latin *recūsāre, from Latin, to refuse; see recuse.
- rousˈer noun