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roister

[roi-ster]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
  2. to revel noisily or without restraint.
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Origin of roister

1545–55; v. use of roister (noun) < Middle French ru(i)stre ruffian, boor, variant of ru(i)ste rustic
Related formsroist·er·er, nounroist·er·ous, adjectiveroist·er·ous·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • His very roistering became a pose, and his vanity made him roister the more, to make the pose more convincing.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown

  • Roister Doister opens the moveable scenery of domestic life in the metropolis—touched with care, and warm with reality.


British Dictionary definitions for roister

roister

verb (intr)
  1. to engage in noisy merrymaking; revel
  2. to brag, bluster, or swagger
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Derived Formsroisterer, nounroisterous, adjectiveroisterously, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Old French rustre lout, from ruste uncouth, from Latin rusticus rural; see rustic
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Word Origin and History for roister

v.

"bluster, swagger, be bold, noisy, vaunting, or turbulent," 1580s, from an obsolete noun roister "noisy bully" (1550s, displaced by 19c. by roisterer), from Middle French ruistre "ruffian," from Old French ruiste "boorish, gross, uncouth," from Latin rusticus (see rustic (adj.)). Related: Roistered; roistering. Ralph Royster-Doyster is the title and lead character of what is sometimes called the first English comedy (Udall, 1555).

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