Definition of roister in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɔɪstə/


[no object]
Enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noisy or boisterous way: workers from the refinery roistered in the bars
More example sentences
  • The first is devoted to work, the middle bit to domestic arrangements and the latter part to roistering in the style to which tabloid readers have become accustomed.
  • Within the narrow range of south-western Holland, he roistered from one town to another, storing up themes and stories as he went.
  • Piper lived with Arthur and me for four months in 2002, when we roistered around the local show circuit.
enjoy oneself, celebrate, revel, carouse, frolic, romp, have fun, have a good time, make merry, have a party, party, {eat, drink, and be merry}, go on a spree
dated spree
rare rollick



Pronunciation: /ˈrɔɪstərə/
Example sentences
  • In a drunken rage, the three roisterers set off in a run until they came to the tree, and there they found a pile of gold.
  • He may be a roisterer and act the fool, but he's got ‘bottom’, as they used to say in the 18th century, meaning he has substance.
  • As the old roisterer was being carted off to hospital on a stretcher he looked up at a gawping gaggle of tourists in the hotel lobby and gasped: ‘It was the food!’


Example sentences
  • Initially it feels leaden, the roisterous energy of the band's 2002 debut dissipated and replaced not with maturity but hesitancy.
  • It's been a roisterous time, filled with every strength and variety of wind from a ragamuffin breeze right through to a force eight gale, whipping in from the sea and over the moors.
  • After decades of quiet ascent, Tokyo has become the roisterous epicenter of a sophisticated and constantly evolving global youth culture.


Late 16th century: from obsolete roister 'roisterer', from French rustre 'ruffian', variant of ruste, from Latin rusticus 'rustic'.

Words that rhyme with roister

cloister, hoister, oyster
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