- to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
- to revel noisily or without restraint.
Origin of roister
Examples from the Web for roister
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.Amenities of Literature
- to engage in noisy merrymaking; revel
- to brag, bluster, or swagger
Word Origin and History for roister
"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).