Origin of obstreperous
Examples from the Web for obstreperous
Yeah, they may have been extreme or obstreperous or this or that, but they were good.
Lots of things got in the way of that, notably the lousy economy, and secondly the obstreperous Republicans.Michael Tomasky on How Liberals Need to Hold Their Anti-Obama Fire|Michael Tomasky|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In time the obstreperous Texicans developed revolutionary ideas.Paul Begala: Ted Cruz and Texas’s Tea Party Revolution|Paul Begala|August 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Even the messiest, most obstreperous books are reduced to a litany of bullet points, or a single bullet point.Ken Kesey’s Wars: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” at 50|Nathaniel Rich|July 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He liked to drink, colleagues say, and would occasionally get obstreperous.
He claims that a "little loosening up of the hide" of an obstreperous prisoner does the said prisoner a vast amount of good.The Twin Hells|John N. Reynolds
Our Commandant, Fauad Bey, has been in a most obstreperous and belligerent mood for days.The Secrets of a Kuttite|Edward O. Mousley
For a young woman who had prescribed outlawry as a cure for obstreperous nerves her alarm was astonishing.Blacksheep! Blacksheep!|Meredith Nicholson
Priests were notorious for being the most ill-tempered, obstreperous, and unstable of men.Rastignac the Devil|Philip Jos Farmer
In an instant his father's spotted hound bounded from behind the cabin, followed by four other obstreperous dogs.The Red Debt|Everett MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for obstreperous
Word Origin for obstreperous
Word Origin and History for obstreperous
c.1600, from Latin obstreperus "clamorous," from obstrepere "drown with noise, make a noise against, oppose noisily," from ob "against" (see ob-) + strepere "make a noise," from PIE *strep-, said to be imitative (cf. Latin stertare "to snore," Old Norse þrapt "chattering," Old English þræft "quarrel"). Related: Obstreperously; obstreperousness.