Obstreperous Definition

ŏb-strĕpər-əs, əb-
Noisy, boisterous, or unruly, esp. in resisting or opposing.
Webster's New World
The definition of obstreperous is someone that is noisy and hard to control.
Noisy teenage boys who are running wild are an example of people who would be described as obstreperous.

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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