Alternative forms 
- rouze (obsolete)
From Middle English rowsen, rouzen, rusen (“to rush out”), from Old Norse *rūsa (“to storm out, rush”), from Proto-Germanic *rūsanan (“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 rūsen (“to race, rage”), Middle Low German rūsen (“to rush, bluster, make a clamour”). More at rush.
rouse (plural rouses)
- an arousal
- an official ceremony over drinks
- 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
- (military, UK and Canada) The sounding of a bugle in the morning after reveille, to signal that soldiers are to rise from bed, often the rouse.
- to wake or be awoken from sleep, or from apathy
- Night's black agents to their preys do rouse. — Shakespeare.
- Morpheus rouses from his bed. — Alexander Pope.
- to provoke (someone) to anger or action
- (nautical) To pull by main strength; to haul
- (obsolete) To be excited to thought or action from a state of indolence or inattention.