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Word of the Day: Obstreperous

Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...

Today's word is:


|əbˈstrepərəs; äb-|


  • Noisy and difficult to control: the boy is cocky and obstreperous.

ORIGIN: late 16th cent. (in the sense [clamorous, vociferous] ): from Latin obstreperus (from obstrepere, from ob- 'against' + strepere 'make a noise' ) + -ous .


  • An angry crowd might be vociferous, which implies loud and unrestrained shouting or crying out (: a vociferous argument).
  • A happy crowd might be boisterous, which implies noisy exuberance or high-spirited rowdiness (: a boisterous celebration of spring).A crowd that wants something is likely to be clamorous, which suggests an urgent or insistent vociferousness in demanding or protesting something.
  • If people's demands are not met, they might become obstreperous, which means noisy in an unruly and aggressive way, usually in defiance of authority (: an obstreperous child).
  • Strident suggests a harsh, grating loudness that is particularly distressing to the ear (: her strident voice could be heard throughout the building).

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Today's Word comes courtesy of Morie, just as Timehacker she brought up the word to my attention after she saw it in a game, my first thought (before searching the word in the dictionary) was that it sounded like a negative word, and although it is, there was a note in the dictionary, which I thought it would complement today's entry, so yeah four new words today, my job here is done! See ya next Tuesday~

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