obstreperous [ uh b- strep-er- uh s] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for obstreperous on Thesaurus.com resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly. noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children. Origin of obstreperous 1590–1600;
clamorous, akin to
to make a noise at (
to rattle); see
-ous Related forms ob·strep·er·ous·ly, adverb ob·strep·er·ous·ness, ob·strep·e·ros·i·ty , [ uh b-strep- uh- ros-i-tee] /əbˌstrɛp əˈrɒs ɪ ti/ noun Antonyms 1. obedient. 2. calm.
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Examples from the Web for obstreperousness Historical Examples Diogenes finally convalesced to his former state of ruggedness and obstreperousness. The visitor from across the Atlantic is surprised at the obstreperousness of the more vigorous members of the family. British Dictionary definitions for obstreperousness noisy or rough, esp in resisting restraint or control Derived Forms obstreperously, adverb obstreperousness, noun Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from
obstrepere, from ob- against + strepere to roar
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Word Origin and History for obstreperousness obstreperous adj.
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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