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obstreperous Line breaks: ob|strep¦er|ous
Pronunciation: /əbˈstrɛp(ə)rəs/

Definition of obstreperous in English:

adjective

Noisy and difficult to control: the boy is cocky and obstreperous
More example sentences
  • It is all the more unhappy because we see what gentleness, what tact and professionalism he has to bring to the job of minicab driving: dealing with all sorts of obstreperous and difficult customers.
  • The crowd seated in the bleachers - it was a full house - was incessantly loud and obstreperous.
  • If NASA can pull it off - and at the same time deal once and for with obstreperous French air traffic controllers and striking baggage handlers - the result could be a civil aviation revolution.

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense 'clamorous, vociferous'): from Latin obstreperus (from obstrepere, from ob- 'against' + strepere 'make a noise') + -ous.

Derivatives

obstreperously

1
Pronunciation: /əbˈstrɛp(ə)rəsli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • This isn't a case of the French behaving as obstreperously as the Americans.
  • The communist members of the Congress coalition are obstreperously opposed to too many market-friendly measures.
  • They laughed and hailed obstreperously whenever I spoke something they had not heard of or were interested in.

obstreperousness

2
Pronunciation: /əbˈstrɛp(ə)rəsnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • It is this obstreperousness that is the problem.
  • Rogers has his uses in some roles, but not as a leading man whose appeal must mitigate his obstreperousness.
  • What seems clearer in the back-and-forth of the past week is that even if the pundits are right about postwar forgiveness for prewar obstreperousness, forgiveness might not come easy.

Words that rhyme with obstreperous

onerous • Hesperus

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