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[uh b-strep-er-uh s] /əbˈstrɛp ər əs/
resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
noisy, clamorous, or boisterous:
obstreperous children.
Origin of obstreperous
1590-1600; < Latin obstreperus clamorous, akin to obstrepere to make a noise at (ob- ob- + strepere to rattle); see -ous
Related forms
obstreperously, adverb
obstreperousness, obstreperosity
[uh b-strep-uh-ros-i-tee] /əbˌstrɛp əˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
1. uncontrolled, refractory.
1. obedient. 2. calm. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for obstreperous
  • Refraining from abusive or obstreperous conduct is a corollary of the advocate's right to speak on behalf of litigants.
  • Refraining from abusive or obstreperous conduct is a corollary of the lawyer's right to speak on behalf of litigants.
  • Here, however, the testimony was that appellant was constantly obstreperous throughout his contact with police.
  • Not because you are trying to be churlish or obstreperous about it, but because you are not allowed.
  • It took the trainmen about thirty minutes to put off the obstreperous soldiers.
  • Murphy has let a few, disturbers into conventions, but promptly ejected them when they became obstreperous.
British Dictionary definitions for obstreperous


noisy or rough, esp in resisting restraint or control
Derived Forms
obstreperously, adverb
obstreperousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from obstrepere, from ob- against + strepere to roar
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Word Origin and History for obstreperous

c.1600, from Latin obstreperus "clamorous," from obstrepere "drown with noise, make a noise against, oppose noisily," from ob "against" (see ob-) + strepere "make a noise," from PIE *strep-, said to be imitative (cf. Latin stertare "to snore," Old Norse þrapt "chattering," Old English þræft "quarrel"). Related: Obstreperously; obstreperousness.

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