n. & v.
1 a branch or other support on which a bird perches, esp. a place where birds regularly settle to sleep.
2 a place offering temporary sleeping-accommodation.
1 intr. a (of a bird) settle for rest or sleep. b (of a person) stay for the night.
2 tr. provide with a sleeping-place.
Phrases and idioms:
come home to roost (of a scheme etc.) recoil unfavourably upon the originator.
Etymology: OE hrost
n. a tidal race in the Orkneys and Shetlands.
Etymology: ON roumlst

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  • Roost — Roost, n. [AS. hr[=o]st; akin to OD. roest roost, roesten to roost, and probably to E. roof. Cf. {Roof}.] 1. The pole or other support on which fowls rest at night; a perch. [1913 Webster] He clapped his wings upon his roost. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roost — roost; roost·er; roost·ers; un·roost; …   English syllables

  • Roost — Roost, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Roosted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Roosting}.] 1. To sit, rest, or sleep, as fowls on a pole, limb of a tree, etc.; to perch. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.; To lodge; to rest; to sleep. [1913 Webster] O, let me where thy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Roost — bezeichnet: Roost Warendin, eine Gemeinde im französischen Département Nord Jan Van der Roost, ein belgischer Komponist und Dirigent Siehe auch: Roest Rost Diese Seit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • roost — ► NOUN ▪ a place where birds or bats regularly settle to rest. ► VERB ▪ (of a bird or bat) settle or gather for rest. ● curses, like chickens, come home to roost Cf. ↑curses, like chickens, come home to roost ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • roost — [ro͞ost] n. [ME < OE hrost, akin to MDu roest < IE base * kred , timberwork > OSlav krada, woodpile, Goth hrōt, roof] 1. a perch on which birds, esp. domestic fowls, can rest or sleep 2. a place with perches for birds 3. a place for… …   English World dictionary

  • Roost — Roost, n. Roast. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Roost — Roost, v. t. See {Roust}, v. t. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roost|er — «ROOS tuhr», noun. 1. the male of the common domestic bird kept for its eggs and meat; male chicken; cock. SYNONYM(S): chanticleer. 2. Figurative. a cocky man or boy. ╂[apparently < roost + er1] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Roost — Porté notamment dans le Haut Rhin, le nom est plus fréquent sous la forme Rost et semble originaire de Suisse. Il correspond à l allemand Rost (= gril, également feu, brasier en moyen haut allemand). On hésitera entre le surnom d un cuisinier et… …   Noms de famille

  • roost — vb perch, *alight, light, land …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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