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roister

[roi-ster]
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 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

    Henry Lunettes

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for roisterous

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 for roister

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

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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