An ad that roused my curiosity; a book that roused a furor.
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.
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
To rouse a deer or other animal of the chase.
Origin of rouse
- 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 recuse
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.