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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Definitions for obstreperous

  1. Noisily and stubbornly defiant; unruly.
  2. Noisy, clamorous, or boisterous.

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Citations for obstreperous
He began standing up to the Orderlies, talking back, openly obstreperous. John Darnton, The Experiment
When he was ordered from above to expel two obstreperous comrades -- they insisted on challenging the leadership -- he found himself "caught between my Jeffersonian upbringing and my Party loyalty." William Herrick, New York Times
Origin of obstreperous
Obstreperous derives from Latin obstrepere, "to make a noise, to clamor at or against; hence, to disturb, to interrupt by clamor," from ob-, "toward, against" + strepere, "to make a loud noise."