- to rouse or stir (up)
- to rout or drive (out)
Origin of roustdialect, dialectal form of rouse with unhistoric -t
transitive verbroust·ed, roust·ing, rousts
- To cause to get out of bed.
- To cause to leave; drive away: people who were rousted out of their homes by rioters.
- To confront or treat aggressively: The police rousted a group of teenagers in the park.
Origin of roustProbably alteration of rouse.
(third-person singular simple present rousts, present participle rousting, simple past and past participle rousted)
- (slang) to arrest