1650s, variant of rouse, possibly influenced by rout. Verb

roust (rousts, present participle rousting; past and past participle rousted)

  1. (transitive) to rout out of bed; to rouse
  2. To harass, to treat in a rough way.
  3. (transitive, slang) to arrest
  4. (transitive) to drive strongly
Synonyms Noun

roust (plural rousts)

  1. A strong tide or current, especially in a narrow channel.

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