from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inducing enthusiasm or excitement; stirring: a rousing sermon.
  • adj. Lively; vigorous: a rousing march tune.
  • adj. Used as an intensive: a rousing lie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That rouses or excites
  • v. Present participle of rouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having power to awaken or excite; exciting.
  • adj. Very great; violent; astounding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having power to rouse, excite, or astonish; surprisingly great, swift, violent, forcible, lively, or the like: as, a rousing fire; a rousing pace; a rousing meeting; a rousing lie or oath.
  • n. A method of curing herring; roiling. See rouse, transitive verb, 6.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of arousing
  • adj. rousing to activity or heightened action as by spurring or goading
  • adj. capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Leila Abu Saba posts a statement by Israeli activist, Shulamit Aloni, read at the Saturday Gaza protest, which she described as a rousing speech.

    A Rousing Speech at Gaza

  • Anyone who can preach what you call rousing sermons is considered

    The Seaboard Parish, Complete

  • Nor could he wait the hour designated; for he was fifteen minutes ahead of time in rousing his guest.


  • Jan. 8th, 2010 04: 06 pm (UTC) "The emotions rise from the subtext and take center-stage in rousing number after number until my ability to respond to rousing music kind of numbed out ..."


  • The emotions rise from the subtext and take center-stage in rousing number after number until my ability to respond to rousing music kind of numbed out -- although that may have been because I found the music bland -- except for those based most directly on actual ragtime, which were much fresher than the over-wrought ballads and anthems of the rest.


  • People, normally who at this early afternoon hour are just now rousing from the midday sun-induced stupor, seem today to have been infected with some the electricity crackling through the air and scamper about trying finish up any last business.

    First Rains « Cameroon

  • Tiger Woods, who won the last two PGA Championships in rousing fashion, is at an unassuming 1-under par and won't challenge for the title this year. - Bumbling Tiger showing only glimpses of former self

  • Toledo opened the Tom Amstutz era in rousing fashion as Chester

    NCAA Football - Minnesota vs. Toledo

  • Inman's eyes and the long wound at his neck drew them, and the sound of their wings and the touch of their feet were soon more potent than a yardful of roosters in rousing a man to wake.

    Excerpt: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

  • "It 's a very nice thing, and I am perfectly satisfied," announced Mrs. Shaw, rousing from a slight doze.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl


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  • Thank you, hernesheir! *added*

    September 15, 2011

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    September 15, 2011