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


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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Example sentences from the Web for obstreperousness

  • Diogenes finally convalesced to his former state of ruggedness and obstreperousness.

    Our Next-Door Neighbors|Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • The visitor from across the Atlantic is surprised at the obstreperousness of the more vigorous members of the family.

    Humanly Speaking|Samuel McChord Crothers

British Dictionary definitions for obstreperousness

/ (əbˈstrɛpərəs) /


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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