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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.
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Noun1.roisterer - an especially noisy and unrestrained merrymaker
merrymaker, reveler, reveller - a celebrant who shares in a noisy party; "the clubs attract revelers as young as thirteen"
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He, who was sheer bladed steel in the imperious flashing of his will, could swashbuckle and bully like any over-seas roisterer, or wheedle as wickedly winningly as the first woman out of Eden or the last woman of that descent.
A roisterer at some banquet, flown with wine, Shouted "Thou art not true son of thy sire." It irked me, but I stomached for the nonce The insult; on the morrow I sought out My mother and my sire and questioned them.
For some time he followed closely a party of some ten or twelve roisterers; but from this number one by one dropped off, until three only remained together, in a narrow and gloomy lane little frequented.
And so Lithuania's notorious roisterer, before whom the mightiest lords often quailed; for whom scarcely a day passed without a brawl; who would not suffer a king much less a pantler to offend him; whom the slightest disagreement sent into transports of rage--I, incensed and drunk as I was, remained meek as a lamb, as though I were gazing on the Sacred Host!
Away from the office is Johann's roommate and fellow roisterer, Wilhelm Jerusalem.
He was a roisterer, a duellist, a fornicator and, as his old commander noted, possessed of a famously abusive tongue.
He insists that 'there was implicit agreement about Stukley's character' as 'a roisterer' but 'esteemed' captain and contends that Peele 'did not dwell on Stukley's treachery and seemed to forgive his folly' (33)--a reading of Peele's play that this essay contests.
"But where is Alcibiades," he asked, "The golden roisterer, the animal pride?" (Collected Earlier Poems 56) The storied figures of his reading and casual devotion are present, and he is ready to join their company.
This was a 45-minute English Requiem, no less, six movements setting texts selected by the indefatigable Nicholas Fisher from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, some of them bringing resonances of the Brahms German Requiem (written when that German roisterer was a mere 35), and a work which is many ways a template for this Joubert masterpiece.
Venetian roisterer Flaminio Scala (Kudisch) forms a group of touring comedians in the 16th century, the different players becoming prototypes for the stock characters of commedia.