WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
roost /rust/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Birdsa perch upon which birds rest.

v. [no object]
  1. Birdsto sit on a perch, etc.
  2. to settle or stay, esp. for the night.
  1. Idiomscome home to roost, [no object] (of an action) to boomerang or backfire:All his sneaky behavior has come home to roost because now no one trusts him.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
roost (ro̅o̅st),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Birdsa perch upon which birds or fowls rest at night.
  2. Birdsa large cage, house, or place for fowls or birds to roost in.
  3. a place for sitting, resting, or lodging.
  4. rule the roost, to be in charge or control;
    dominate:It was only too apparent that his grandfather ruled the roost.

  1. Birdsto sit or rest on a roost, perch, etc.
  2. to settle or stay, esp. for the night.
  3. come home to roost, (of an action) to revert or react unfavorably to the doer;
    boomerang:an evil deed that came home to roost and ruined his life.
  • bef. 1100; Middle English roost (noun, nominal), Old English hrōst; cognate with Middle Dutch roest

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

roost /ruːst/ n
  1. a place, perch, branch, etc, where birds, esp domestic fowl, rest or sleep
  2. a temporary place to rest or stay
  1. (intransitive) to rest or sleep on a roost
  2. (intransitive) to settle down or stay
  3. come home to roostto have unfavourable repercussions
Etymology: Old English hrōst; related to Old Saxon hrost loft, German Rost grid

Roost /ruːst/ n
  1. the Roosta powerful current caused by conflicting tides around the Shetland and Orkney Islands
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old Norse röst

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