Word of the Day: obstreperous

ob·strep·er·ous adjective \əb-ˈstre-p(ə-)rəs, äb-\

: difficult to control and often noisy

Full Definition of OBSTREPEROUS

1: marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness : clamorous <obstreperous merriment>
2: stubbornly resistant to control : unruly
ob·strep·er·ous·ly adverb
ob·strep·er·ous·ness noun


  1. a room full of obstreperous children
  2. <an obstreperous crowd protesting the government’s immigration policy>


Latin obstreperus, from obstrepere to clamor against, from ob- against + strepere to make a noise

First Known Use: circa 1600

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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2 thoughts on “Word of the Day: obstreperous”

    1. lol. I’m pretty sure I read this in a book recently, but I can’t remember which one. For some reason it makes me think of an ostrich with strep throat…and it seems to fit the definition too. I know, I’m weird.

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