roister

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v roister engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking "They were out carousing last night"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Roister See Roisterer.
    • v. i Roister To bluster; to swagger; to bully; to be bold, noisy, vaunting, or turbulent. "I have a roisting challenge sent amongst
      The dull and factious nobles of the Greeks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n roister A rioter; a blusterer; a roisterer.
    • n roister [⟨ roister, verb] A drunken or riotous frolic; a spree.
    • roister To bluster; swagger; bully; be bold, noisy, vaunting, or turbulent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Roister rois′tėr to bluster, swagger, bully
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably fr. F. rustre, boor, a clown, clownish, fr. L. rustucus, rustic. See Rustic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rustre, a rough, rude fellow—O. Fr. ruste—L. rusticus, rustic.

Usage

In literature:

A few colored men, three or four roistering visitors, and two policemen had seen them.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
I waited until the last noisy roisterer had gone.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
A murmur of anger followed in the wake of two roisterers who were making their way down the path.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
There was a crowd of roistering boys and rosy-cheeked girls, who made the old school-house hum like a beehive.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
But neither among the Benedictines was this roistering spirit at ease.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
The roistering student is not wholly bad.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Quebec did not mean to admit these roisterers within her precincts, which were none too well guarded.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
You must sit by the fire till those roisterers have drunk themselves to sleep.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
In mediaeval England leather black jacks, cups, and flagons withstood the rough usage of those roisterous times.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
And when disorder occurred, a word from this gray, hawk-eyed rover was enough to quell the wildest roisterers from the plantations.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
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In poetry:

In the shadow of the cloister,
There are few inclined to roister
With the men in Tonopah
Swaggering to primal law.
"Tonopah And Clergy " by Norman MacLeod
Oh, progeny playing by itself
Is a lonely little elf,
But progeny in roistering batches
Would drive St. francis from here to Natchez.
"Children's Party" by Ogden Nash
Still this world of ours rejoices
In those ancient singing voices,
And our hearts beat high and quick,
To the cadence of old Tiber
Murmuring praise of roistering Liber
And of charming Lydia Dick.
"Lydia Dick" by Eugene Field
Little earth, then,
Will house few men: Little earth, shrunken–
No longer drunken
Purple, splendid, roistering earth; Little earth hung
With pearls of seas, Little earth shivering, About to freeze.
"Ice Age" by Genevieve Taggard
She has had many suitors,—Spaniard and Buccaneer,—
Who roistered for her beauty and spilt their blood for her;
But none has dared molest her, since the Loyalist Deveaux
Went down from Carolina a hundred years ago.
"White Nassau" by Bliss William Carman
The wind is roistering out of doors,
My windows shake and my chimney roars;
My Elmwood chimneys seem crooning to me,
As of old, in their moody, minor key,
And out of the past the hoarse wind blows,
As I sit in my arm-chair, and toast my toes.
"To Charles Eliot Norton" by James Russell Lowell