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Definition of "roost" []

  • A perch on which domestic fowl or other birds rest or sleep. (noun)
  • A place with perches for fowl or other birds. (noun)
  • A place for temporary rest or sleep. (noun)
  • To rest or sleep on or as if on a perch or roost. (verb-intransitive)
  • Come home to roost To have repercussions or aftereffects, especially unfavorable ones: The consequences of your mistake will eventually come home to roost. (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "roost" in a sentence
  • "It's a lot of fun, but having the chance to get under a roost is nearly impossible."
  • "Setting up close to the roost is perfectly ethical."
  • "The flip is that the show is a dream haven for great comedy writers, and with Carell, Helms, and now John Krasinski breaking into high-profile features, it serves as an ideal primetime launch pad and, unlike SNL, a longterm roost for established talent to boot."