from The Century Dictionary.

  • Swaggering; rude.

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  • verb Present participle of roister.


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  • How do YOU know the title my roistering bullies give me?

    Lilith, a romance

  • While we're not suggesting for a moment that any of the roistering Gooners pictured above were misbehaving this afternoon having fun before a football match hasn't been outlawed ... yet, reports from Milan earlier this afternoon told of drunken Arsenal fans chasing a couple of rival supporters into the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and subsequently throwing cans and bottles at police.

    AC Milan 4-0 Arsenal – as it happened | Barry Glendenning

  • And the word "Yule" must be significant here as well, since pagans of all sorts have been roistering at the winter solstice ever since records were kept, and Christians have been faced with the choice of either trying to beat them or join them.

    Forced Merriment: The True Spirit of Christmas

  • Henry, a robust, roistering and commanding Robert Lindsay, has invited his wife Eleanor to come out of prison where he put her, for trying to bump him off for the occasion.

    Reasons to Be Pretty; Juno and the Paycock; The Lion in Winter – review

  • In an echo of the wild rumpus scenes from "Where the Wild Things Are," we soon embark on six densely illustrated but wordless pages of roistering, in which Bumble-Ardy and his friends feed one another cake, rattle tambourines and prance about with birthday banners.

    Sendak's Party Animals

  • Daylight's friendships, in lieu of anything closer, were drinking friendships and roistering friendships.

    Chapter XVIII

  • There are cleverly inflected performances from Ellie Haddington and Catherine Cusack (as the dramatist's mean daughter) but the most rousing moments of the evening are supplied by Richard McCabe as a roistering Ben Jonson.

    Women Beware Women; Bingo

  • And the more the public see of the fey, metrosexual roistering of "Posh & Cleggs" in the Downing Street rose garden, the sooner Labour will return to power.

    Tristram Hunt's election: a new boy lost within a Gothic Wonderland

  • The attendant brew of love, guilt, and toddler-set social pressures puts an arguably unrealistic value on someone with the skills, and the willingness, to control and delight a roistering roomful of preschoolers for a blessed half-hour.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • As the exuberant Ford encores with the roistering folk-punk of Nothing at All and his acerbic signature tune, Cheer Up (You Miserable Fuck), it's clear that he is an artist deserving of a far wider audience.

    David Ford


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