A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Rout, Rowt, v.1 Also: route, rowte; rut. [ME and e.m.E. rowte(n (c1300), rote (Cath. Angl.) to bellow, roar, also rute (Cursor M.), route, rowte (14th c.) to make a loud noise, resound (of the elements), also route, rowte (14th c.) to snore, ON rauta, rjóta to roar (of a lion, bear, etc.), also (h)rjóta to snore.] intr.
1. Of oxen, bulls, etc.: To low, bellow. Also proverb.
The beistis … Rumist and routit, that hidduis was till heir; Hay Alex. (S.T.S.) 151.
The catal gan to rowtyng cry and rar; Doug. viii iv 73.
The ky … lowit [v.r. rowtit] agane on the samyn maner; Bell. Livy I 23/11.
Quhill the ky in the cuntrie … rairing ran rid wood, rowtand in a rane; Montg. Flyt. 521 (T).
And monie flokis … Sum routting loud, and sum did semplie blait; J. Stewart 88/308.
Mugio, to rowt like a nowt; Duncan App. Etym. [The cow] rowted all night without ceasing;
1649 Sc. N. & Q. III 123.
Ther wes elf-bullis rowtting and skoylling wp and downe thair; 1662 Crim. Trials III 604.
Ye heard a young calf crying; you said what ailled the calf to rout; 1688 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII 250.
proverb. I rather hear my awin cow rout in the lown; Ferg. Prov. MS No. 855.
b. Of other animals, or monsters.
The beist … wantis hir birth … And findis it deid than scho dois rout and rair; Rolland Ct. Venus iv 406.
Gret quhalis sall rummeis, rowte and rair; Lynd. Mon. 5468.
Beists of diuers kynds … rowting Into that storme; Burel Pilgr. i 41.
Then fraifull Hydre and Cerbere als … doth bark … And route doth euermore; James VI Poems I 138/490.
2. Of a person: a. To cry out loudly. Also fig. b. To snore.
a. To rare Swa that he like wes in to rowt In tyll his dede thrawe till a nowte; Wynt. iii 953.
fig. I also know how lowe dois bray and rout abowe the mynd; Fowler I 56/247.
b. His man … fell in slep and rowtyt [C. routit] hey; Barb. vii 192.
Sa the prefet … Fast routand fel on slepyng; Leg. S. xlvi 226.
Scho … tuk kepe, Quhill he was rowtand fast on slepe; Wynt. iii 102.
3. a. Of the elements, as sea, wind, etc.: To make a loud or roaring noise. b. Of rocks, etc.: To re-echo; to resound. c. fig. To jingle or rattle.
a. The se be-gane to rut; Leg. S. xxi 926.
This laithlie flude rumland as thonder routit [: schoutit]; Doug. Pal. Hon. 145.
The firmament gan rummylling rair and rout [: about]; Id. Æn. i ii 64.
The stormy clowdis our al the ayr gan rowt; Ib. ii ii 100.
Quhat proffittit me … the swelch is ay rowtand? Ib. vii v 46.
Wallis [= waves] feill … Rowtand and rarand; Ib. ix 103.
The rever throw the ryse cowth rowt; Tayis Bank 113.
And wynd did rowt with sic ane reird; Lynd. Mon. 1429.
As thunder throw the elements dois rout [: out]; J. Stewart 14/64.
b. Forto … heir the craggis rowt and ȝell; Doug. iii vi 146.
The rokis did rout and rare; a1624 Edinb. Univ. MS La. ii 319.
c. Bot we wald speid far the bettir To gar our pursis rowt; Lynd. Sat. 400.
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