obstreperous

[ uhb-strep-er-uhs ]SEE DEFINITION OF obstreperous
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She disposed of that obstreperous individual most summarily.

Little Fay was as obstreperous as Tony was disagreeably silent and aloof.

And presently Jan was sleeping almost as soundly as her obstreperous niece.

The obstreperous mother of the pretended groom was—Captain Loreuil!

"None of your tricks on travelers," said he, in his obstreperous way.

Little fish are often the most obstreperous and the most troublesome.

The second class of obstreperous stewards is easier to manage.

The preacher soon discovers that the rich ones are the most obstreperous.

The horse proved to be an obstreperous, balky thing, and as contrary as a mule.

There would be the same crowd on hand, noisy, obstreperous, vulgar.

WORD ORIGIN

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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