Definitions for obstreperousəbˈstrɛp ər əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•strep•er•ousəbˈstrɛp ər əs(adj.)

  1. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.

  2. noisy, clamorous, or boisterous:

    obstreperous children.

Origin of obstreperous:

1590–1600; < L obstreperus clamorous akin to obstrepere to make a noise at (ob-ob - +strepere to rattle)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. obstreperous(adj)

    noisily and stubbornly defiant

    "obstreperous boys"

  2. obstreperous(adj)

    boisterously and noisily aggressive

    "kept up an obstreperous clamor"


  1. obstreperous(Adjective)

    Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; boisterous.

    The obstreperous mirth swiftly turned into yells of dismay.

  2. obstreperous(Adjective)

    Noisily and stubbornly defiant.

  3. Origin: First attested circa 17th century, from obstreperus "clamorous, noisy," from obstrepere, "to make a noise against, oppose noisily," from ob-, "against" + strepere, "to noise."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstreperous(adj)

    attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; clamorous; noisy; vociferous


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