roost

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɹuːst/
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  • Rhymes: -uːst

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English roste (chicken's roost; perch), from Old English hrōst (wooden framework of a roof; roost), from Proto-Germanic *hrōstaz (wooden framework; grill); see *raustijaną.

Cognate with Dutch roest (roost), German Low German Rust (roost), German Rost (grate; gridiron; grill).

Noun[edit]

roost (plural roosts)

  1. The place where a bird sleeps (usually its nest or a branch).
  2. A group of birds roosting together.
  3. A bedroom
  4. (Scotland) The inner roof of a cottage.
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Verb[edit]

roost (third-person singular simple present roosts, present participle roosting, simple past and past participle roosted)

  1. (intransitive, of birds or bats) To settle on a perch in order to sleep or rest
  2. (figuratively) to spend the night
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The UPS package centre for central London, a brief walk from Kentish Town tube station, holds a below-ground bay in which 170 vans roost every night.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse róst

Noun[edit]

roost (plural roosts)

  1. (Shetland and Orkney) A tidal race.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped
      Sometimes the whole tract swung to one side, like the tail of a live serpent; sometimes, for a glimpse, it would all disappear and then boil up again. What it was I had no guess, which for the time increased my fear of it; but I now know it must have been the roost or tide race, which had carried me away so fast and tumbled me about so cruelly, and at last, as if tired of that play, had flung out me and the spare yard upon its landward margin.

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

roost (third-person singular simple present roosts, present participle roosting, simple past and past participle roosted)

  1. Alternative form of roust

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Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish rúsc, from Proto-Celtic *ruskos (compare Welsh rhisgl).

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Noun[edit]

roost m (genitive singular roost, plural roostyn)

  1. peel, rind
  2. bark

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Verb[edit]

roost (verbal noun roostey, past participle rooisht)

  1. to strip, peel, hull, rind, unbark
  2. to rob
  3. to bare
  4. to debunk
  5. to rifle
  6. to deprive

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

roost

  1. Alternative form of roste (roast)