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Monday, May 28, 2001

Definitions for obstreperous

  1. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
  2. noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children.

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Citations for obstreperous
Unfortunately the facts were refusing to fit her theory. They were being highly obstreperous--appearing, disappearing and reappearing in all the wrong places. Michael Palin, Hemingway's Chair, 1995
Little was said; and our chief embarrassment lay in the yelpings of the dog, who took exceeding interest in our proceedings. He, at length, became so obstreperous that we grew fearful of his giving the alarm to some stragglers in the vicinity… Edgar Allen Poe, "The Gold Bug," Tales, 1845
Origin of obstreperous
1590-1600
Obstreperous can be traced to the Latin verb strepere meaning "to rattle," with the prefix ob- meaning "against." It entered English in the late 1500s.