Rout Definition

rout
routed, routing, routs
noun
routs
A disorderly flight or retreat, as of defeated troops.
To be put to rout.
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A disorderly crowd; noisy mob; rabble.
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An overwhelming defeat.
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A group of people; company; band.
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A band of followers; retinue.
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verb
routed, routing, routs
To put to disorderly flight.
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To bellow. Used of cattle.
American Heritage
To dig for food with the snout, as a pig; root.
Webster's New World
To defeat overwhelmingly.
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To poke or rummage about.
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idiom
rout out
  • to expose to view
  • to scoop, gouge, or hollow out (metal, wood, etc.)
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rout up
  • to find or get by turning up or poking about
  • to make (a person) get up
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Other Word Forms of Rout

Noun

Singular:
rout
Plural:
routs

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Rout

  • rout out
  • rout up

Origin of Rout

  • From Middle English routen, ruten, from Old English hrÅ«tan (“to make a noise, whiz, snore"), also rÄ“otan, *hrÄ“otan (“to make a noise, make a noise in grief, weep, mourn, lament, wail, shed tears"), both from Proto-Germanic *hrÅ«tanÄ…, *hreutanÄ… (“to snore, snort"), from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kor-, *kr- (“to croak, crow"). Cognate with Middle Dutch ruyten (“to make a noise, chatter, chirp"), Middle High German rÅ«zen, rÅ«ssen (“to make a noise, rattle, buzz, snore"), Icelandic rjóta, hrjóta (“to roar, rattle, snore"). Related also to Swedish ryta (“to roar, bellow, shout"), Icelandic rauta (“to roar").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English ruten (“to rush, dart, dash, beat"), from Old Norse hrjóta (“to jump down, fall out, plunge, hurl, burst forth, rebound, fly, be flung"), from Proto-Germanic *hreutanÄ… (“to plunge, rush, hurl, shatter, fall, break"), from Proto-Indo-European *kreu- (“to fall, plunge, rush, topple"). Cognate with Middle High German rûzen (“to move quickly, storm"). Related also to Old English hrÄ“osan (“to fall, sink, fall down, go to ruin, rush, rush upon, attack"). More at rush.

    From Wiktionary

  • 1598, "disorderly retreat," from Middle French route "disorderly flight of troops," literally "a breaking off, rupture," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," literally "a broken group," from Latin rupta, feminine past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture). The verb is from 1600.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English route from Old French troop, defeat from Vulgar Latin rupta from feminine of Latin ruptus past participle of rumpere to break reup- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English routen to roar from Old Norse rauta

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of root.

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of root

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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