- 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.
transitive verbroused, rousing
- 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 of rouseLate Middle English rowsen: origin, originally technical term in 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
- a drink of liquor
- a carousal
Origin of rouseaphetic for carouse (from mistaking drink carouse as drink a rouse)
verbroused roused, rous·ing, rous·es
- To wake (someone) up.
- To cause (someone) to be active, attentive, or excited; stir up. See Synonyms at provoke.
- To give rise to; bring about: an ad that roused my curiosity; a book that roused a furor.
- To awaken.
- To become active, attentive, or excited.
Origin of rouseMiddle 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.
- an arousal
- an official ceremony over drinks
- And the King's rouse the heaven shall bruit again,
- Re-speaking earthly thunder. - "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2 lines 127-128
- A carousal; a festival; a drinking frolic.
- (military, UK and Canada) The sounding of a bugle in the morning after reveille, to signal that soldiers are to rise from bed, often the rouse.
(third-person singular simple present rouses, present participle rousing, simple past and past participle roused)
- to wake or be awoken from sleep, or from apathy.
- to rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions
- To provoke (someone) to anger or action.
- Blustering winds, which all night long / Had roused the sea.
- To cause to start from a covert or lurking place.
- to rouse a deer or other animal of the chase
- (nautical) To pull by main strength; to haul
From Middle English rowsen, rouzen, rusen (“to rush out"), from Old Norse *rÅ«sa (“to storm out, rush"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«sanÄ… (“to bluster, be fierce, storm"), from Proto-Indo-European *(o)rewÇ- (“to move, drive, agitate"). Cognate with Swedish rusa (“to rush, hurry, dash, scurry"), Danish ruse (“to rush"), Middle Dutch rÅ«sen (“to race, rage"), Middle Low German rÅ«sen (“to rush, bluster, make a clamour"). More at rush.