obstreperous (adj.) c.1600, from L. obstreperus "clamorous," from obstrepere "drown with noise, oppose noisily," from ob "against" (see OB- (Cf. ob-)) + strepere "make a noise," from PIE *strep-, said to be imitative (Cf. L. stertare "to snore," O.N. þrapt "chattering," O.E. þræft "quarrel"). Related: Obstreperously; obstreperousness.

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  • Obstreperous — Ob*strep er*ous, a. [L. obstreperus, from obstrepere to make a noise at; ob (see {Ob }) + strepere to make a noise.] 1. Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; clamorous; noisy; vociferous. The obstreperous city. Wordsworth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obstreperous — index blatant (obtrusive), disobedient, disorderly, intractable, perverse, recalcitrant, uncontrollable …   Law dictionary

  • obstreperous — *vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous Analogous words: *unruly, ungovernable, intractable, headstrong, refractory: uproarious, rackety (see corresponding nouns at DIN) Contrasted words: restrained, curbed, checked (see RESTRAIN):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • obstreperous — [adj] noisy blusterous, boisterous, booming, clamorous, disorderly, loud, out of hand, piercing, raising Cain*, raising the roof*, rambunctious, riotous, rowdy, screaming, strepitous, tumultous, unmanageable, unruly, uproarious, vociferous, wild; …   New thesaurus

  • obstreperous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ noisy and difficult to control. DERIVATIVES obstreperously adverb obstreperousness noun. ORIGIN from Latin obstrepere, from strepere make a noise …   English terms dictionary

  • obstreperous — [əb strep′ər əs, äbstrep′ər əs] adj. [L obstreperus < obstrepere, to roar at < ob (see OB ) + strepere, to roar < IE base * (s)trep , to make a loud noise > OE thræft, strife] noisy, boisterous, or unruly, esp. in resisting or… …   English World dictionary

  • Obstreperous — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Obstreperous (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on Obstreperous instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/Obstreperous …   Wikipedia

  • obstreperous — [[t]ɒbstre̱pərəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is obstreperous, you think that they are noisy and difficult to control. You know I have no intention of being awkward and obstreperous …   English dictionary

  • obstreperous — adjective Etymology: Latin obstreperus, from obstrepere to clamor against, from ob against + strepere to make a noise Date: circa 1600 1. marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness ; clamorous < obstreperous merriment > 2. stubbornly resistant to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obstreperous — obstreperously, adv. obstreperousness, obstreperosity /euhb strep euh ros i tee/, n. /euhb strep euhr euhs/, adj. 1. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly. 2. noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children. [1590… …   Universalium

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