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obstreperous

[ uhb-strep-er-uhs ]
/ əbˈstrɛp ər əs /
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adjective

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

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Origin of obstreperous

1590–1600; <Latin obstreperus clamorous, akin to obstrepere to make a noise at (ob-ob- + strepere to rattle); see -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM obstreperous

ob·strep·er·ous·ly, adverbob·strep·er·ous·ness, ob·strep·e·ros·i·ty [uhb-strep-uh-ros-i-tee], /əbˌstrɛp əˈrɒs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obstreperous

obstreperous
/ (əbˈstrɛpərəs) /

adjective

noisy or rough, esp in resisting restraint or control

Derived forms of obstreperous

obstreperously, adverbobstreperousness, noun

Word Origin for obstreperous

C16: from Latin, from obstrepere, from ob- against + strepere to roar
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