obstreperous

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adjective ob·strep·er·ous \ əb-ˈstre-p(ə-)rəs , äb- \

Definition of obstreperous

1 :marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness :clamorous
  • obstreperous merriment
  • an obstreperous argument
2 :stubbornly resistant to control :unruly
  • obstreperous behavior
  • an obstreperous child

obstreperously

adverb

obstreperousness

noun

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Examples of obstreperous in a Sentence

  1. a room full of obstreperous children

  2. an obstreperous crowd protesting the government's immigration policy

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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

Synonym Discussion of obstreperous

vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention. vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out.
    • vociferous cries of protest and outrage
clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting.
    • clamorous demands for prison reforms
blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness.
    • blatant rock music
    • a blatant clamor for impeachment
strident suggests harsh and discordant noise.
    • heard the strident cry of the crow
boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits.
    • a boisterous crowd of party goers
obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint.
    • the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested

OBSTREPEROUS Defined for English Language Learners

obstreperous

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Definition of obstreperous for English Language Learners

  • : difficult to control and often noisy



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