- resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
- noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children.
Origin of obstreperous
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Examples from the Web for obstreperous
Yeah, they may have been extreme or obstreperous or this or that, but they were good.The Incompetent Party
January 8, 2013
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
November 15, 2012
In time the obstreperous Texicans developed revolutionary ideas.Paul Begala: Ted Cruz and Texas’s Tea Party Revolution
August 1, 2012
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
July 26, 2012
He liked to drink, colleagues say, and would occasionally get obstreperous.Is This Dave's Blackmailer?
October 2, 2009
She disposed of that obstreperous individual most summarily.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Little Fay was as obstreperous as Tony was disagreeably silent and aloof.
And presently Jan was sleeping almost as soundly as her obstreperous niece.
The obstreperous mother of the pretended groom was—Captain Loreuil!A Nest of Spies
"None of your tricks on travelers," said he, in his obstreperous way.Put Yourself in His Place
- noisy or rough, esp in resisting restraint or control
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.