Origin and Etymology of roister
Middle French rustre lout, alteration of ruste, from ruste, adjective, rude, rough, from Latin rusticus rural — more at rustic
First Known Use: 1551
Definition of roister
: to engage in noisy revelry : carouse <dressed and ready for a roistering night in town — Sherwood Anderson>
roistererplay \-stər-ər\ noun
roisterousplay \-st(ə-)rəs\ adjective
Examples of roister in a sentence
<the earl's wastrel son had spent the best part of his youth roistering and gambling>
Did You Know?
As Hugo Williams asserts in The Times Literary Supplement (November 15, 1991), roistering tends to be "funnier, sillier and less harmful than standard hooliganism, being based on nonsense rather than violence." Roisterers might be chagrined to learn that the word roister derives from a Middle French word that means "lout" or "boor" ("rustre"). Ultimately, however, it is from the fairly neutral Latin word rusticus, meaning "rural." In the 16th century, the original English verb was simply "roist," and one who roisted was a "roister." Later, we changed the verb to "roister" and the corresponding noun to "roisterer."
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