obstropulous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Corruption of obstreperous.

Adjective[edit]

obstropulous (comparative more obstropulous, superlative most obstropulous)

  1. (obsolete slang) obstreperous
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa Harlowe[1], volume IX:
      And you know, Jack (as we told him, moreover), that it was a shame to manhood, for a man, who had served twenty and twenty women as bad or worse, let him have served Miss Harlowe never so bad, should give himself such obstropulous airs, because she would die []

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