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Etymology 1Edit

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

NounEdit

roost (plural roosts)

  1. The place where a bird sleeps (usually its nest or a branch).
    • Dryden
      He clapped his wings upon his roost.
  2. A group of birds roosting together.
  3. (Scotland) The inner roof of a cottage.
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VerbEdit

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
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse róst

NounEdit

roost (plural roosts)

  1. (Shetland and Orkney) A tidal race.

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

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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ManxEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

roost m (genitive singular [please provide], plural [please provide])

  1. peel, rind
  2. bark

VerbEdit

roost (verbal noun roostey)

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

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NounEdit

roost

  1. Alternative form of roste (roast)