Saturday, 10 November 2012

Entry: obstreperous (adj.)

In context: "...full of weird idioms and having both inflected and uninflected grammatical features, an inbred and obstreperous dialect..."

Definition: Clamorous, noisy; vociferous

Other: A very fun word. 
Etymology:  < classical Latin obstreperus clamorous (2nd cent. a.d.; < obstrepere to make a noise against, shout at, oppose noisily or troublesomely < ob- ob- prefix + strepere to make a noise: see strepent adj.) + -ous suffix. Compare later streperous adj. Compare also obstropolous adj.

SNOOT score: 5

Page: 1036

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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