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Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Definitions for roister

  1. To engage in boisterous merrymaking; to revel; to carouse.
  2. To bluster; to swagger.

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Citations for roister
For some people, she was the archetype of the roistering New Russians, with their love of partying, fast cars and foreign holidays. Alan Philps, Daily Telegraph
Back in our expatriate days, we roistering provincials, slap-happy to be in Paris, drunk on the beauty of our surroundings, were fearful of retiring to our Left Bank hotel rooms lest we wake up back home, retrieved by parents who would remind us of how much they had invested in our educations, and how it was time for us to put our shoulders to the wheel. Mordecai Richler, Barney's Version
Origin of roister
1545-1555
Roister is probably from Middle French rustre, "a boor, a clown; clownish," from Latin rusticus, "rustic," from rus, "country."
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