- to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
- to revel noisily or without restraint.
Origin of roister
Examples from the Web for roisterous
Historical Examples of roisterous
Gradually the mirth of those youngsters became so roisterous as to disturb our talk.The American Gentleman's Guide to Politeness and Fashion
It preferred a dull existence of simple honesty to a roisterous feast on the brink of a moral and financial abyss.The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Had learned, too, what it meant to have her life emptied of Jack's roisterous personality.The Lookout Man
B. M. Bower
- to engage in noisy merrymaking; revel
- to brag, bluster, or swagger
Word Origin 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).