from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A perch on which domestic fowl or other birds rest or sleep.
- n. A place with perches for fowl or other birds.
- n. A place for temporary rest or sleep.
- intransitive v. To rest or sleep on or as if on a perch or roost.
- idiom come home to roost To have repercussions or aftereffects, especially unfavorable ones: The consequences of your mistake will eventually come home to roost.
- idiom rule the roost Informal To be in charge; dominate: In this house my parents rule the roost.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The place where a bird sleeps (usually its nest or a branch).
- v. sleep.
- v. to come back home
- n. A tidal race.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Roast.
- transitive v. See roust, v. t.
- n. The pole or other support on which fowls rest at night; a perch.
- n. A collection of fowls roosting together.
- intransitive v. To sit, rest, or sleep, as fowls on a pole, limb of a tree, etc.; to perch.
- intransitive v. Fig.; To lodge; to rest; to sleep.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pole or perch upon which fowls rest at night; any place upon which a bird may perch to rest; also, a locality where birds, as pigeons, habitually spend the night.
- n. Hence A temporary abiding- or resting-place.
- n. The fowls which occupy such a roost, collectively.
- n. The inner roof of a cottage, composed of spars reaching from one wall to the other; a garret. Jamieson. [Scotch.]
- To occupy a roost; perch, as a bird.
- To stick or stay upon a resting-place; cling or adhere to a rest, as a limpet on a rock.
- To set or perch, as a bird on a roost: used reflexively.
- See roust.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sit, as on a branch
- n. a shelter with perches for fowl or other birds
- v. settle down or stay, as if on a roost
- n. a perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep
Middle English rooste, from Old English hrōst.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hrōst. (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse rōst (Wiktionary)