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Examples of obstreperous in a Sentence
a room full of obstreperous children
an obstreperous crowd protesting the government's immigration policy
Recent Examples of obstreperous from the Web
Puppeteers Cooperative STORRS CENTER — The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut's new exhibition, Obstreperous Puppets: The Puppeteers Cooperative, will be on display through Sunday, Oct. 8.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, Obstreperous Puppets curator Sara Peattie will discuss her work building puppets with the Puppeteers Cooperative and organizing the Puppet Free Library.
Dav Pilkey’s hilarious kids books get an animated adaptation, with Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch voicing the obstreperous kids and Ed Helms as their delusional principal.
Numerous leaks in recent days claim the President is at odds with most of his senior team, allegedly deliberately countermanding their best advice like an obstreperous toddler.
Early in her term, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was confronted by some obstreperous public school parents.
Prepare to see Republicans get a lot quieter and more cooperative, and the obstreperous forces on the left to get angrier and more intransigent.
Many Democrats came to view Mr. Nader as an obstreperous, self-aggrandizing spoiler.
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Did You Know?
The handy Latin prefix ob-, meaning "in the way," "against," or "toward," occurs in many Latin and English words. "Obstreperous" comes from ob- plus strepere, a verb meaning "to make a noise," so someone who is obstreperous is literally making noise to rebel against something, much like a protesting crowd or an unruly child. The word has been used in English since around the beginning of the 17th century. "Strepere" has not played a role in the formation of any other notable English words, but "ob-" words abound; these include "obese," "obnoxious," "occasion," "offend," "omit," "oppress," and "oust."
Origin and Etymology of obstreperous
Latin obstreperus, from obstrepere to clamor against, from ob- against + strepere to make a noise
First Known Use: circa 1600See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of obstreperous
OBSTREPEROUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obstreperous for English Language Learners
: difficult to control and often noisy
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