[ roi-ster ]
/ ˈrɔɪ stər /
verb (used without object)
to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
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)sterustic
OTHER WORDS FROM roisterroist·er·er, nounroist·er·ous, adjectiveroist·er·ous·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for roister
Roister Doister opens the moveable scenery of domestic life in the metropolis—touched with care, and warm with reality.Amenities of Literature|Isaac Disraeli
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
British Dictionary definitions for roister
/ (ˈrɔɪstə) /
to engage in noisy merrymaking; revel
to brag, bluster, or swagger
Derived forms of roisterroisterer, nounroisterous, adjectiveroisterously, adverb
Word Origin for roister
C16: from Old French rustre lout, from ruste uncouth, from Latin rusticus rural; see rustic
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