Obstreperousness
Obstreperous Ob*strep"er*ous, a. [L. obstreperus, from obstrepere to make a noise at; ob (see {Ob-}) + strepere to make a noise.] 1. Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; clamorous; noisy; vociferous. ``The obstreperous city.'' --Wordsworth. ``Obstreperous approbation.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Beating the air with their obstreperous beaks. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. Resistant to control; unruly. [PJC] -- {Ob*strep"er*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Ob*strep"er*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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