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roister

play
noun rois·ter \ˈrȯi-stər\

Definition of roister

archaic

  1. :  one that roisters :  roisterer



Origin 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

Rhymes with roister


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roister

verb rois·ter

Definition of roister

rois·teredrois·ter·ing play \-st(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in noisy revelry :  carouse <dressed and ready for a roistering night in town — Sherwood Anderson>

rois·ter·er play \-stər-ər\ noun
rois·ter·ous play \-st(ə-)rəs\ adjective
rois·ter·ous·ly adverb


Examples of roister

  1. <the earl's wastrel son had spent the best part of his youth roistering and gambling>



1582

First Known Use of roister

1582


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