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roister

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noun rois·ter \ˈrȯi-stər\

Definition of roister

archaic

  1. :  one that roisters :  roisterer

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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: 1549


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roister

verb rois·ter

Definition of roister

roistered

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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 British writer Hugo Williams asserted 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." Boisterous 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.

1663

First Known Use of roister

1663



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