• From Middle English rousen, from Anglo-Norman reuser, ruser, originally used in English of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, from Latin recusare, by loss of the medial 'c.' recuse.
  • Figurative meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1580s; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590s.
  • From carouse, from rebracketing of the phrase “drink carouse” as “drink a rouse”.

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