Obstreperous Definition

ŏb-strĕpər-əs, əb-
Noisy, boisterous, or unruly, esp. in resisting or opposing.
Webster's New World

Stubbornly defiant; disobedient; resistant to authority or control, whether in a noisy manner or not.


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


Origin of Obstreperous

  • From Latin obstreperus noisy from obstrepere to make a noise against ob- against ob– strepere to make a noise (of imitative origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

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