Definitions

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

  • n. A disorderly retreat or flight following defeat.
  • n. An overwhelming defeat.
  • n. A disorderly crowd of people; a mob.
  • n. People of the lowest class; rabble.
  • n. A public disturbance; a riot.
  • n. A company, as of knights or wolves, that are in movement. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. A fashionable gathering.
  • transitive v. To put to disorderly flight or retreat: "the flock of starlings which Jasper had routed with his gun” ( Virginia Woolf).
  • transitive v. To defeat overwhelmingly. See Synonyms at defeat.
  • intransitive v. To dig with the snout; root.
  • intransitive v. To poke around; rummage.
  • transitive v. To expose to view as if by digging; uncover.
  • transitive v. To hollow, scoop, or gouge out.
  • transitive v. To drive or force out as if by digging; eject: rout out an informant.
  • transitive v. Archaic To dig up with the snout.
  • intransitive v. Chiefly British To bellow. Used of cattle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a noise; roar; bellow; snort.
  • v. To snore; snore loudly.
  • v. To belch.
  • v. To howl as the wind; make a roaring noise.
  • n. A noise; a loud noise; a bellowing; a shouting; clamor; an uproar; disturbance; tumult.
  • n. Snoring.
  • v. To beat; strike; assail with blows.
  • n. A violent movement; a great or violent stir; a heavy blow; a stunning blow; a stroke.
  • n. A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a traveling company or throng.
  • n. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people.
  • n. The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion; -- said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces, and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of defeating and breaking up an army; as, the rout of the enemy was complete.
  • n. A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with intent to do a thing which, if executed, would make them rioters, and actually making a motion toward the executing thereof.
  • n. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party.
  • v. To defeat completely, forcing into disorderly retreat.
  • v. To assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to collect in company.
  • v. To search or root in the ground, as a swine.
  • v. To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow.
  • v. To use a router in woodworking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance; tumult.
  • n. A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a traveling company or throng.
  • n. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people.
  • n. The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion; -- said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces, and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of defeating and breaking up an army.
  • n. A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with intent to do a thing which, if executed, would make them rioters, and actually making a motion toward the executing thereof.
  • n. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party.
  • intransitive v. To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly.
  • intransitive v. To search or root in the ground, as a swine.
  • intransitive v. To assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to collect in company.
  • transitive v. To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow.
  • transitive v. To break the ranks of, as troops, and put them to flight in disorder; to put to rout.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a noise; roar; bellow, as a bull or cow; snort, as a horse.
  • . To snore.
  • . To howl, as the wind; make a roaring noise.
  • To turn up with the snout; root, as a hog: same as root, 1.
  • In mech., to deepen; scoop out; cut out; dig out, as moldings, the spaces between and around block-letters, bookbinders' stamps, etc.
  • To root; rummage or poke about.
  • To collect together; assemble in a company.
  • To put to rout; drive into disordered flight by defeat, as an armed force; hence, to defeat or repulse thoroughly; drive off or dispel, as something of an inimical character.
  • To drive or force, as from a state of repose, concealment. or the like; urge or incite to movement or activity; hence, to draw or drag (forth or out): generally with out or up: as, to rout out a lot of intruders; to rout up a sleeper; to rout out a secret hoard or a recondite fact. See router-out.
  • Synonyms Overwhelm, Overthrow, etc. See defeat.
  • To crowd or be driven into a confused mass, as from panic following defeat, or from any external force.
  • To start up hurriedly; turn out suddenly or reluctantly, as from a state of repose.
  • To extricate from (other things); hunt up; dig (out); with out.
  • n. A loud noise; uproar; tumult.
  • n. . Snoring. Chaucer (ed. Morris).
  • n. A stunning blow.
  • n. A troop; a band; a company in general, either of persons or of animals; specifically, a pack of wolves; any irregular or casual aggregation of beings; a crowd.
  • n. A disorderly or confused crowd of persons; a tumultuous rabble; used absolutely, the general or vulgar mass; the rabble.
  • n. A large social assemblage; a general gathering of guests for entertainment; a crowded evening party.
  • n. At common law, an assemblage of three or more persons breaking or threatening to break the peace; a company which is engaged in or has made some movement toward unlawful action.
  • n. A defeat followed by confused or tumultuous retreat; disorderly flight caused by defeat, as of an army or any body of contestants; hence, any thorough repulse, overthrow, or discomfiture: as, to put an army to rout.
  • n. See route.
  • n. The brent or brant-goose, Bernicla brenta.

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

  • n. a disorderly crowd of people
  • v. defeat disastrously
  • v. dig with the snout
  • v. make a groove in
  • v. cause to flee
  • n. an overwhelming defeat

Etymologies

Middle English route, from Old French, troop, defeat, from Vulgar Latin *rupta, from feminine of Latin ruptus, past participle of rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
Variant of root2.
Middle English routen, to roar, from Old Norse rauta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English routen, ruten, from Old English hrūtan ("to make a noise, whiz, snore"), also rēotan, *hrēotan (“to make a noise, make a noise in grief, weep, mourn, lament, wail, shed tears”), both from Proto-Germanic *hrūtanan, *hreutanan (“to snore, snort”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kor-, *kr- (“to croak, crow”). Cognate with Middle Dutch ruyten ("to make a noise, chatter, chirp"), Middle High German rūzen, rūssen ("to make a noise, rattle, buzz, snore"), Icelandic rjóta, hrjóta ("to roar, rattle, snore"). Related also to Swedish ryta ("to roar, bellow, shout"), Icelandic rauta ("to roar"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English ruten ("to rush, dart, dash, beat"), from Old Norse hrjóta ("to jump down, fall out, plunge, hurl, burst forth, rebound, fly, be flung"), from Proto-Germanic *hreutanan (“to plunge, rush, hurl, shatter, fall, break”), from Proto-Indo-European *kreu- (“to fall, plunge, rush, topple”). Cognate with Middle High German rûzen ("to move quickly, storm"). Related also to Old English hrēosan ("to fall, sink, fall down, go to ruin, rush, rush upon, attack"). More at rush. (Wiktionary)
1598, "disorderly retreat," from Middle French route "disorderly flight of troops," literally "a breaking off, rupture," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," literally "a broken group," from Latin rupta, feminine past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture). The verb is from 1600. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of root. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Toss in a steady dose of Ray Rice, who only led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (2,068) while rushing for career highs in yards (1,364) and TDs (12) and well, the word "rout" comes to mind.

    NYDN Rss

  • Then, when the loss-cum-rout is tallied, there will be no mistake about the message of the voters; there will be no mis-interpretation, there will be no possible way to plausibly spin away the repudiation of Obama and his allies.

    President Obama concedes loss of House in 2010. | RedState

  • Ravens send message to top-seeded Titans in rout of Dolphins

    Ravens send message to top-seeded Titans in rout of Dolphins

  • Ravens send message to top-seeded Titans in rout of Dolphins - USATODAY. com

    Ravens send message to top-seeded Titans in rout of Dolphins

  • Since the mid-term rout, some progressive donors who were big Obama supporters in 2010, have been meeting on the issue of trying to topple Obama in favor of a Democrat who would be able to fight the 2012 election as an economic progressive with clean hands, challenging the failures of both Obama and of the Republicans.

    Robert Kuttner: What Now for the Democrats?

  • Close X 'Game 3: Tampa Bay 9, Boston 1 text35045c4308ab64bfcb8a506ba98fe347c =' MORE GAME 3 Box score Game story: Rays hit 4 HRs in rout Rays 'Garza shows his stuff Boston's Ortiz, Ellsbury struggle at plate

    Extra effort sends Rays to Fenway all even in ALCS

  • Linesmen: SummaryBack to topAvalanche's McLeod scores twice in rout of Kings

    USATODAY.com

  • Early on it looked like the Thanksgiving Day crowd of 19,045, enjoying a rare afternoon game at the Air Canada Centre, would be treated to a rout from the home side.

    USATODAY.com

  • "Do you call the rout of those irregulars and these sluggish Hessians a deed to boast of?" said the other with a contemptuous smile.

    The Spy

  • Barely a year after stock markets looked like they were headed for a long-term rout, exchanges in New York and Toronto have leapt roughly 70 per cent.

    Macleans.ca

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  • "Because triumphant health in the general rout of constitutions is a kind of power in itself." --Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    March 6, 2011



  • Time drops in decay,
    Like a candle burnt out,
    And the mountains and woods
    Have their day, have their day;
    What one in the rout
    Of the fire-born moods,
    Has fallen away?

    - W.B. Yeats, 'The Moods'.

    September 18, 2009