1 [rouz]
verb (used with object), roused, rousing.
to bring out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, fancied security, apathy, depression, etc.: He was roused to action by courageous words.
to stir or incite to strong indignation or anger.
to cause (game) to start from a covert or lair.
Nautical. to pull by main strength; haul.
verb (used without object), roused, rousing.
to come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy, depression, etc.
to start up from a covert or lair, as game.
a signal for rousing; reveille.

1480–90 in sense “(of a hawk) to shake the feathers”; 1525–35 for def 3; origin uncertain

rousedness [rou-zid-nis] , noun
rouser, noun
unroused, adjective

1. arouse, stir, excite, animate, stimulate, awaken, kindle, inflame, fire. 1, 2. See incite. 2. provoke, anger.

1, 2. lull, calm, pacify. Unabridged


2 [rouz] ,
Archaic. a carouse.
Obsolete. a bumper of liquor.

1595–1605; perhaps variant of carouse (drink carouse being wrongly analyzed as drink a rouse) Unabridged
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rouse1 (raʊz)
vb (foll by on)
1.  to bring (oneself or another person) out of sleep, unconsciousness, etc, or (of a person) to come to consciousness in this way
2.  (tr) to provoke, stir, or excite: to rouse someone's anger
3.  rouse oneself to become active or energetic
4.  hunting to start or cause to start from cover: to rouse game birds
5.  (intr) falconry (of hawks) to ruffle the feathers and cause them to stand briefly on end (a sign of contentment)
6.  (Austral) to speak scoldingly or rebukingly (to)
7.  chiefly (US) another term for reveille
[C15 (in sense 5): origin obscure]

rouse2 (raʊz)
1.  an alcoholic drink, esp a full measure
2.  another word for carousal
[C17: probably a variant of carouse (as in the phrase drink a rouse, erroneous for drink carouse); compare Danish drikke en rus to become drunk, German Rausch drunkenness]

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Word Origin & History

c.1460, probably from Anglo-Fr., or O.Fr., originally used of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, but like many hawking terms of obscure origin. Meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1586; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590.
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Example sentences
Thoughts and deeds of the present, our rouse and early start.
After all, the vibrations need to be significant enough to rouse a mobile's
  owner, and creating them produces sound.
His campaign had failed to rouse the country, and he seemed embittered and out
  of touch.
The grouper would need to do something to rouse the eel's attention.
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