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Related to roister: riotous


intr.v. rois·tered, rois·ter·ing, rois·ters
1. To engage in boisterous merrymaking; revel noisily.
2. To behave in a blustering manner; swagger.

[From obsolete roister, roisterer, probably from Old French rustre, ruffian, alteration of ruste, from Latin rūsticus, rustic; see rustic.]

rois′ter·er n.
rois′ter·ous adj.
rois′ter·ous·ly adv.


vb (intr)
1. to engage in noisy merrymaking; revel
2. to brag, bluster, or swagger
[C16: from Old French rustre lout, from ruste uncouth, from Latin rusticus rural; see rustic]
ˈroisterer n
ˈroisterous adj
ˈroisterously adv


(ˈrɔɪ stər)

1. to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
2. to revel noisily or without restraint.
[1545–55; v. use of roister (n.) < Middle French ru(i)stre ruffian, boor, variant of ru(i)ste rustic]
roist′er•er, n.
roist′er•ous, adj.
roist′er•ous•ly, adv.


Past participle: roistered
Gerund: roistering

I roister
you roister
he/she/it roisters
we roister
you roister
they roister
I roistered
you roistered
he/she/it roistered
we roistered
you roistered
they roistered
Present Continuous
I am roistering
you are roistering
he/she/it is roistering
we are roistering
you are roistering
they are roistering
Present Perfect
I have roistered
you have roistered
he/she/it has roistered
we have roistered
you have roistered
they have roistered
Past Continuous
I was roistering
you were roistering
he/she/it was roistering
we were roistering
you were roistering
they were roistering
Past Perfect
I had roistered
you had roistered
he/she/it had roistered
we had roistered
you had roistered
they had roistered
I will roister
you will roister
he/she/it will roister
we will roister
you will roister
they will roister
Future Perfect
I will have roistered
you will have roistered
he/she/it will have roistered
we will have roistered
you will have roistered
they will have roistered
Future Continuous
I will be roistering
you will be roistering
he/she/it will be roistering
we will be roistering
you will be roistering
they will be roistering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been roistering
you have been roistering
he/she/it has been roistering
we have been roistering
you have been roistering
they have been roistering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been roistering
you will have been roistering
he/she/it will have been roistering
we will have been roistering
you will have been roistering
they will have been roistering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been roistering
you had been roistering
he/she/it had been roistering
we had been roistering
you had been roistering
they had been roistering
I would roister
you would roister
he/she/it would roister
we would roister
you would roister
they would roister
Past Conditional
I would have roistered
you would have roistered
he/she/it would have roistered
we would have roistered
you would have roistered
they would have roistered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.roister - engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking; "They were out carousing last night"
jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, wassail, whoop it up, revel - celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities; "The members of the wedding party made merry all night"; "Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!"




[ˈrɔɪstəʳ] VIjaranear


vi (= revel)herumtollen
References in classic literature ?
A play named Ralph Roister Doister is generally looked upon as the first real English comedy.
In revenge for her scorn Ralph Roister Doister threatens to burn the dame's house down, and sets off to attack it with his servants.
Shortly after the middle of the century, probably, the head-master of Westminister School, Nicholas Udall, took the further step of writing for his boys on the classical model an original farce-comedy, the amusing 'Ralph Roister Doister.' This play is so close a copy of Plautus' 'Miles Gloriosus' and Terence's 'Eunuchus' that there is little that is really English about it; a much larger element of local realism of the traditional English sort, in a classical framework, was presented in the coarse but really skillful
Noting that 'Recovering plausible music to songs in comic interludes is more possible than people may think', Duffin fleshes out this background via attention to sixteenth-century 'chorus-masters, composers, and instrumentalists' involved in the production of court interludes (20): William Cornysh, John Skel-ton, John Heywood, and Nicholas Udall (whose Ralph Roister Doister Duffin dubs 'one of the most musical of English Renaissance comedies' [45]).
A local native, Michael attended Kendall College for culinary training and has worked in the kitchens of several internationally-acclaimed chefs including Giuseppe Tentori (BOKA, GT Fish and Oyster, GT Prime) and Grant Achatz (Alinea, Next, Roister).
Joining in the rollicking roister is a festive choir of background vocals from the likes of Broadway household David Keeley, renowned vocalists Keith Fluitt (Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Ashford & Simpson) and Jerri Bocchino (Phil Spector, John Lennon, Cher) and award-winning New York singer/songwriter Lina Koutrakos, alongside the instrumental finesse of Mike Sorrentino on drums, Carras Paton on bass and saxophone, Rafael Cintron and Dan DelVecchio on guitars, Rob Preuss on keyboard and Tom Gallaher on piano.
In place of sour, dour recrimination there was cheerful rejoinder and, everywhere, the sound of Geordie on the roister."
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Ralph Roister Doister contains a much more elaborate scene in which the maidservants--Madge Mumblecrust, Tib Talkapace and Annot Alyface--sing while performing three different female occupations, sewing, spinning and knitting ("So shall we pleasantly bothe the tyme beguile now,/ And eke dispatche all our works ere we can tell how.").
Interestingly, illegal weapon discharges are timed at the height of firecracker roister to mask the prohibited act.
The day before we'd seen him roaring and roister before we'd seen him roaring and roistering and generally commanding the stage ing and generally commanding the stage of the town's Royal of the town's Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the guise of Falstaff.