[ uhb-strep-er-uhs ]
/ əbˈstrɛp ər əs /
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resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children.
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Origin of obstreperous
OTHER WORDS FROM obstreperousob·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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How to use obstreperous in a sentence
The visitor from across the Atlantic is surprised at the obstreperousness of the more vigorous members of the family.Humanly Speaking|Samuel McChord Crothers
Diogenes finally convalesced to his former state of ruggedness and obstreperousness.Our Next-Door Neighbors|Belle Kanaris Maniates
British Dictionary definitions for obstreperous
/ (əbˈstrɛpərəs) /
noisy or rough, esp in resisting restraint or control
Derived forms of obstreperousobstreperously, adverbobstreperousness, noun
Word Origin for obstreperous
C16: from Latin, from obstrepere, from ob- against + strepere to roar
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