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From Middle English rosen, from Old Norse hrósa (“to boast; praise”), from Proto-Germanic *hrōþsōną, from *hrōþaz, *hrōþiz (“fame; glory; praise”). Cognate with Icelandic hrósa, Danish rose, Swedish rosa.
- (Scotland, dialect) to flatter or praise.
1809, Hector MacNeill, Oh, Tell Me How For to Woo.:
- Ha'e na ye roosed my cheeks like the morning? Ha'e na ye roosed my cherry-red mou?
1870, Robert Burns, “Young Jockey”, in The Poetical Works of Robert Burns. Complete.:
- He roosed my e'en, sae bonnie blue, He roosed my waist sae genty sma' And aye my heart came to my mou' When ne'er a body heard or saw.
1871, “Maid Mettelil”, in The Ballad Minstrelsy of Scotland:
- For some of them ha'e roosed their hawks, And some other their hounds; And some other their ladies fair, As the roosing went the rounds.
1876, John Wilson & Sir John Skelton, The Comedy of the Noctes Ambrosianae, page 51:
- You will have seen how a' the newspapers roosed the skatin o' an offisher, that they said lived in the Castle.
1890, James Coghill, “To Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, On the Anniversary of Her Coronation, 28th June”, in Poems, Songs and Sonnets, page 52:
- I suld ha'e said ' Ye're a' that's guid,' I suld ha'e sung, ' Ye're a' that's bonnie,' I suld ha'e roosed your race an' bluid — O' a' the three I've ne'er dune ony.
1921, Lowry Charles Wimberly, Minstrelsy, Music, and the Dance in the English and Scottish Popular Ballads:
- They danced round and round their merry Jockie Faw, And roosed the gypsie laddie.
- (Scotland, dialect) to be proud.
1865, The British Poets - Volume 2, page 43:
- I'll cock my nose aboon them a' — I'm roosed by Craigengillan !
1874, Francis Francis, By Lake and River: an Angler's Rambles in the North of England and Scotland:
- A'm roosed — a'm roosed to deeds o' bluid, ye ken, when ye tell me a canna gaff a fusshe ! Tak aff yere coat, mon, for a'm roosed to deeds o' bluid.
1957, Robert Blackwood Robertson, Of sheep and men, page 164:
- Mrs. Tam, like all decent people in the village, was "real roosed."