1. [late 18C] to rouse up by making a noise.
2. [late 18C–mid-19C] to attack or assail a person in a rough manner.
3. [late 18C+] to make a row or disturbance, to quarrel noisily or heatedly; thus rowing n.
4. [late 18C+] to scold or criticize a person angrily or severely, to take sharply to task; thus rowing n.