from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something very exciting or great.
  • n. One who rouses another from sleep.
  • n. A stirrer in a copper for boiling wort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, rouses.
  • n. Something very exciting or great.
  • n. A stirrer in a copper for boiling wort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which rouses or excites to action.
  • n. That which rouses attention or interest; something exciting or astonishing: as, the speech was a rouser; that's a rouser (an astonishing lie).
  • n. Something to rouse with; specifically, in brewing, a stirrer in the hop-copper.

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

  • n. someone who rouses others from sleep


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • But I could not, myself, seek solace in the notion that here was just a good old ten-twenty-thirty rouser.

    —Dorothy Parker, review of The Barretts of Wimpole Street, in The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 1931

    I have no idea what either of these words mean, and I'm refraining listing 'ten-twenty-thirty' as a newly-discovered word on the questionable grounds that it's not a word, but a syntactic combination linked by hyphens. Either way, I still don't know what any of it means.

    November 13, 2008