from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, rouses.
  • noun colloq. Something very exciting or great.
  • noun (Brewing) A stirrer in a copper for boiling wort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun someone who rouses others from sleep


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • 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