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Definition boisterously and noisily aggressive or defiant
  • It was obstreperous, disorderly and abusive-
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
obstreperous = noisily defiant and unruly
  • He put his razor on the edge of the washbowl, but it slid obstreperously down into the bowl.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • By chance she had chosen the three most obstreperous pupils in the school to be her thieves and robbers.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Boom boom boom boom ... Mr Sandman, sing me a song Boom boom boom boom Oh, Mr Sandman ... They were high, but not drunk, not obstreperous.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Just trust you to manage these obstreperous cowboys and protect my property and Alfred's, and take care of us—of me, until this revolution is ended?
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Over the next weeks, Pollard and Smith discovered that obstreperousness was only one of Seabiscuit's bad traits.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • At all events, Hepzibah had fully satisfied herself of the impossibility of ever becoming wonted to this peevishly obstreperous little bell.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He was catching fire from the flame he was partly simulating, and at tea-time he was obstreperously merry.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I thought Turkey would appreciate the favor, and abate his rashness and obstreperousness of afternoons.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • He ran a squad of obstreperous newsboys, whom he loathed, and who loathed him in return, as was clear by their taunts and practical jokes.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • AND: Of that an obstreperous lawyer bereft me.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Though he could be a sweet boy, he was often short-tempered and obstreperous.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • "O! go long, will ye?" said the mother, giving now and then a kick, in a kind of general way, under the table, when the movement became too obstreperous.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The liquor soon mounted into their heads, as it generally does even with the arrantest topers newly landed from sea, and they began capering about most obstreperously.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Mamma was an abject slave to their caprices, but Papa was not so easily subjugated, and occasionally afflicted his tender spouse by an attempt at paternal discipline with his obstreperous son.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • It was a raw, violent, guzzling saturnalia that spilled obstreperously through the woods to the officers' club and spread up into the hills toward the hospital and the antiaircraft-gun emplacements.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • CHAPTER I Thus communed these; while to their lowly dome, The full-fed swine return'd with evening home; Compell'd, reluctant, to the several sties, With din obstreperous, and ungrateful cries.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Welcome as they were at first, the riflemen soon proved even more indifferent to discipline than the New Englanders, and obstreperous to the point that Washington began to wish they had never come.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • We greeted the two pilgrims with many pleasant gibes and a roar of laughter; whereupon they gazed at us with such woful and absurdly compassionate visages that our merriment grew tenfold more obstreperous.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • I wanted to see him very much, and was enormously touched that he would make the long trip north, endure the uproar and dare shoulder through the swarming, obstreperous and brutal human tides of the metropolis in order to visit his only offspring.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice

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