from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To engage in boisterous merrymaking; revel noisily.
  • intransitive v. To behave in a blustering manner; swagger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To engage in noisy, drunken, or riotous behavior.
  • v. To walk with a swaying motion.
  • n. A roisterer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See roisterer.
  • intransitive v. To bluster; to swagger; to bully; to be bold, noisy, vaunting, or turbulent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bluster; swagger; bully; be bold, noisy, vaunting, or turbulent.
  • n. A rioter; a blusterer; a roisterer.
  • n. [⟨ roister, verb] A drunken or riotous frolic; a spree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking


From obsolete roister, roisterer, probably from Old French rustre, ruffian, alteration of ruste, from Latin rūsticus, rustic; see rustic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French rustre, from Latin rusticus. (Wiktionary)



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