KJV Dictionary Definition: rouse


ROUSE, v.t. rouz. This word, written also arouse, seems to belong to the family of raise or rush. See Raise.

1. To wake from sleep or repose. Gen. 49.

2. To excite to thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity or inattention.

3. To put into action; to agitate.

Blust'ring winds that rous'd the sea.

4. To drive a beast from his den or place of rest.

ROUSE, v.i.

1. To awake from sleep or repose.

Morpheus rouses from his bed.

2. To be excited to thought or action from a state of indolence, sluggishness, languor or inattention.

ROUSE, v.i. In seamen's language, to pull together upon a cable, &c. without the assistance of tackles or other mechanical power.

ROUSE, n. rouz.

A full glass of liquor; a bumper in honor of a health. Obs.


ROUS'ED, pp. Awakened from sleep; excited to thought or action.


ROUS'ING, ppr.

1. Awaking from sleep; exciting; calling into action.

2. a. Having power to awaken or excite.

3. Great; violent; as a rousing fire. Vulgar.