- The definition of a rout is a chaotic crowd of people, or a troop withdrawal.
- An example of a rout is a group of people rioting in a city.
- An example of a rout is soldiers scattering from the scene of a lost battle.
- To rout is to dig up or turn over ground.
An example of to rout is a pig digging up truffles.
rout definition by Webster's New World
- a disorderly crowd; noisy mob; rabble
- a disorderly flight or retreat, as of defeated troops: to be put to rout
- an overwhelming defeat
- a group of people; company; band
- a band of followers; retinue
- Archaic a large, fashionable social gathering in the evening
Origin: Middle English route ; from Old French troop, band, literally , part broken off ; from Classical Latin rupta: see route
- to put to disorderly flight
- to defeat overwhelmingly
- to dig for food with the snout, as a pig; root
- to poke or rummage about
Origin: variant, variety of root
- to dig up or turn over with the snout
- to force out
rout definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A disorderly retreat or flight following defeat.b. An overwhelming defeat.
- a. A disorderly crowd of people; a mob.b. People of the lowest class; rabble.
- A public disturbance; a riot.
- A company, as of knights or wolves, that are in movement. See Synonyms at flock1.
- A fashionable gathering.
- To put to disorderly flight or retreat: “the flock of starlings which Jasper had routed with his gun” (Virginia Woolf).
- To defeat overwhelmingly. See Synonyms at defeat.
Origin: Middle English route, from Old French, troop, defeat, from Vulgar Latin *rupta, from feminine of Latin ruptus, past participle of rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
verb rout·ed, rout·ing, routs verb, intransitive
- To dig with the snout; root.
- To poke around; rummage.
- To expose to view as if by digging; uncover.
- To hollow, scoop, or gouge out.
- To drive or force out as if by digging; eject: rout out an informant.
- Archaic To dig up with the snout.
Origin: Variant of root2.
intransitive verb rout·ed, rout·ing, routs Chiefly British
Origin: Middle English routen, to roar, from Old Norse rauta.
rout - Phrases/Idioms
- to expose to view
- to scoop, gouge, or hollow out (metal, wood, etc.)
- to make (a person) get out
- to find or get by turning up or poking about
- â to make (a person) get up