The definition of a rout is a chaotic crowd of people, or a troop withdrawal.(noun)
To rout is to dig up or turn over ground.(verb)
An example of to rout is a pig digging up truffles.
See rout in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME route < OFr, troop, band, lit., part broken off < L rupta: see route
Origin: var. of root
See rout in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English route
Origin: , from Old French, troop, defeat
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *rupta
Origin: , from feminine of Latin ruptus
Origin: , past participle of rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
verb rout·ed, rout·ing, routs verb, intransitive
Origin: Variant of root2.
intransitive verb rout·ed, rout·ing, routs
Origin: Middle English routen, to roar
Origin: , from Old Norse rauta.
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