- Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; boisterous.
- Synonyms: clamorous, loud, noisy, vociferous
- 1809, Washington Irving, Knickerbocker's History of New York, ch. 7:
- [O]n a clear still summer evening you may hear from the battery of New York the obstreperous peals of broad-mouthed laughter of the Dutch negroes at Communipaw.
- 1855, Robert Browning, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came":
- […] my hope
- Dwindled into a ghost not fit to cope
- With that obstreperous joy success would bring
- 1918, Henry B. Fuller, On the Stairs, ch. 3:
- He developed an obstreperous baritone […] and he made himself rather preponderant, whether he happened to know the song or not.
- Stubbornly defiant; disobedient; resistant to authority or control, whether in a noisy manner or not.
- Synonyms: recalcitrant, uncooperative, unruly, Thesaurus:obstinate
- 1827, Sir Walter Scott, The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, October 1827:
- [W]e came to Whittingham. Thence to Newcastle, where an obstreperous horse retarded us for an hour at least.
- 1903, Lucy Maud Montgomery, "A Sandshore Wooing" in Short Stories: 1902-1903:
- My dress was draggled, my hat had slipped back, and the kinks and curls of my obstreperous hair were something awful.
- 1915, Stewart Edward White, The Gray Dawn, ch. 70:
- They reviled the committee collectively and singly; bragged that they would shoot Coleman, Truett, Durkee, and some others at sight; flourished weapons, and otherwise became so publicly and noisily obstreperous that the committee decided they needed a lesson.
- 2015, Penny Dreadful S2E9, 3 min
- This is what your boyfriend did, honey. When he was in one of his more obstreperous moods.