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  1. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
  2. 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
Related formsob·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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Antonyms for obstreperous

1. obedient. 2. calm.
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Historical Examples of obstreperously

  • He was never openly and obstreperously disobedient like little Fay.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • Saville was, I thought, the most obstreperously gay of all three.

    Recollections of a Policeman

    William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)

  • The dogs received them obstreperously, and the kid from its corner bleated faintly.

  • He was in his way a very determined person, not obstreperously so, but quietly and under the surface.

    The Financier

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Only keep spurting and spitting about obstreperously, and the most stiff ears must at length be converted.

British Dictionary definitions for obstreperously


  1. noisy or rough, esp in resisting restraint or control
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Derived Formsobstreperously, adverbobstreperousness, noun

Word Origin for obstreperous

C16: from Latin, from obstrepere, from ob- against + strepere to roar
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Word Origin and History for obstreperously



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.

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