Meaning of rout
- a defeat attended with disorderly flight; dispersal of a defeated force in complete disorder: to put an army to rout; to put reason to rout.
- any overwhelming defeat: a rout of the home team by the state champions.
- a tumultuous or disorderly crowd of persons.
- the rabble or mob.
- a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a manner that suggests an intention to riot although they do not actually carry out the intention.
- a large, formal evening party or social gathering.
- a company or band of people.
- to disperse in defeat and disorderly flight: to rout an army.
- to defeat decisively: to rout an opponent in conversation.
- to root: pigs routing in the garden.
- to poke, search, or rummage.
- to turn over or dig up (something) with the snout.
- to find or get by searching, rummaging, etc. (usually fol. by out).
- to cause to rise from bed (often fol. by up or out).
- to force or drive out.
- to hollow out or furrow, as with a scoop, gouge, or machine.
— v.i. Archaic.
- to snore.
Pronunciation: (rout, rt), [key]
— Chiefly Brit. Dial. Chiefly Brit. Dial.
- to bellow; roar.
- a bellow.
- rout (Thesaurus)