Rouse Definition

rouz
roused, rouses, rousing
verb
roused, rouses, rousing
To wake (someone) up.
American Heritage
To cause (game) to rise from cover, come out of a lair, etc.; stir up to flight or attack.
Webster's New World
To rise from cover, etc.
Webster's New World
To come out of a state of sleep, repose, etc.; wake.
Webster's New World
To stir up, as to anger or action; excite.
Webster's New World
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noun
rouses
The act of rousing.
Webster's New World
A violent stir.
Webster's New World
A drink of liquor.
Webster's New World
A carousal.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Rouse

Noun

Singular:
rouse
Plural:
rouses

Origin of Rouse

  • 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)rewǝ- (“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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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