Roister
Roister Roist"er, v. i. [Probably fr. F. rustre boor, a clown, clownish, fr. L. rustucus rustic. See {Rustic}.] To bluster; to swagger; to bully; to be bold, noisy, vaunting, or turbulent. [1913 Webster]

I have a roisting challenge sent amongst The dull and factious nobles of the Greeks. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • roister — 1580s, from an obsolete noun roister noisy bully (1550s), from M.Fr. ruistre ruffian, from O.Fr. ruste rough country fellow, from L. rusticus (see RUSTIC (Cf. rustic)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • roister — ► VERB ▪ enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noisy or boisterous way. DERIVATIVES roisterer noun roisterous adjective. ORIGIN from obsolete roister «roisterer», from French rustre ruffian …   English terms dictionary

  • roister — [rois′tər] vi. [< earlier roister (n.), loud bully < OFr ruistre < L rusticus: see RUSTIC] 1. to boast or swagger 2. to be lively and noisy; revel boisterously roisterer n. roisterous adj …   English World dictionary

  • Roister — Roist er, n. See {Roisterer}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roister — roisterer, n. roisterous, adj. roisterously, adv. /roy steuhr/, v.i. 1. to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner. 2. to revel noisily or without restraint. [1545 55; v. use of roister (n.) < MF ru(i)stre ruffian, boor, var. of… …   Universalium

  • roister — verb a) To engage in noisy, drunken, or riotous behavior. Then Elzevir cried out angrily, Silence. Are you mad, or has the liquor mastered you? Are you Revenue men that you dare shout and roister? or contrabandiers with the lugger in the offing,… …   Wiktionary

  • roister — [ rɔɪstə] verb enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noisy or boisterous way. Derivatives roisterer noun roisterous adjective Origin C16: from obs. roister roisterer , from Fr. rustre ruffian …   English new terms dictionary

  • roister — roist•er [[t]ˈrɔɪ stər[/t]] v. i. 1) to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner 2) to revel noisily or without restraint • Etymology: 1545–55; v. use of roister (n.) < MF ru(i) stre ruffian, boor, var. of ru(i) ste rustic… …   From formal English to slang

  • roister — /ˈrɔɪstə / (say roystuh) verb (i) 1. to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner. 2. to revel noisily or without restraint. {verb use of roister (noun), from French ru(i)stre ruffian, boor, from ru(i)ste rustic (noun) –roisterer,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • roister — v.intr. (esp. as roistering adj.) revel noisily; be uproarious. Derivatives: roisterer n. roistering n. roisterous adj. Etymology: obs. roister roisterer f. F rustre ruffian var. of ruste f. L rusticus RUSTIC …   Useful english dictionary

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