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meaning :

  1. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly;
  2. noisy and difficult to control;
  3. stubbornly defiant; disobedient; resistant to authority or control, whether in a noisy manner or not;
  4. attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; boisterous;

use : First know use 1590-1600.

origin :  Latin obstreperus clamorous, akin to obstrepere to make a noise at ( ob- ob- + strepere to rattle).

examples :

  1. The crowd seated in the bleachers – it was a full house – was incessantly loud and obstreperous.
  2. 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.
  3. Yeah, they may have been extreme or obstreperous or this or that, but they were good.

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October 16, 2015

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