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roister

play
noun rois·ter \ˈrȯi-stər\

Definition of roister

archaic

  1. :  one that roisters :  roisterer



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


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roister

verb rois·ter

Definition of roister

roistered

roistering

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>

roisterer

play \-stər-ər\ noun

roisterous

play \-st(ə-)rəs\ adjective

roisterously

adverb


Examples of roister in a sentence

  1. <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."

1582

First Known Use of roister

1582

Rhymes with roister


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