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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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Related Words

ranter, merrymaker, bacchant, roisterer, bacchanalian

Examples from the Web for roisterer

Historical Examples

  • A wastrel, a roisterer by night, a spendthrift, and a thief!

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

  • "Ever at your quips, roisterer," said Innerkepple, as they arrived at the court.

  • Enter once more the junior tutor; nothing said to the roisterer; Cospatric to pay an official call at twelve-thirty on the morrow.

    The Recipe for Diamonds

    Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne

  • Gang-y-gate swinger, a fighting man, who goes swaggering in the road (or gate); a roisterer who takes the wall of every one.

  • But as if the bad blood of the entire family had come to a head in one man, Richard was born a roisterer and a spendthrift.

    A Woman Named Smith

    Marie Conway Oemler

British Dictionary definitions for roisterer


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 roisterer



"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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