Adjective "obstreperous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Noisy and difficult to control.
  1. 'They are now more likely to call a product obstreperous than blame themselves for their ineptitude.'
  2. 'At 178 pounds was the one and only Cassius Clay, who was cantankerous, garrulous and obstreperous.'
  3. 'Most male penguins are known for being obstreperous, territorial squawkers.'
  4. 'Your confirmation may therefore be vetoed by an obstreperous minority that needs no other reason besides, of course, the fact that you are ‘extreme.’'
  5. 'His clothes are shabby, his shoes worn, but he is always ready to intervene if some of the young men become a bit obstreperous.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'The crowd seated in the bleachers - it was a full house - was incessantly loud and obstreperous.'
  8. 'Also at the home is an obstreperous new resident named Patrick, an ex-alcoholic who develops a close relationship with Clara, believing her to be a lost love from the Second World War.'
  9. 'If NASA can pull it off - and at the same time deal once and for with obstreperous French air traffic controllers and striking baggage handlers - the result could be a civil aviation revolution.'
  10. 'In my experience, Lefschetz was both obstreperous and enthusiastic - about research in mathematics.'


1. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.

2. noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be obstreperous."

"patients can be obstreperous."

"nobles can be obstreperous."

"natures can be obstreperous."

"natives can be obstreperous."

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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘clamorous, vociferous’): from Latin obstreperus (from obstrepere, from ob- ‘against’ + strepere ‘make a noise’) + -ous.