One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noisy or boisterous way.‘workers from the refinery roistered in the bars’
enjoy oneself, celebrate, revel, carouse, frolic, romp, have fun, have a good time, make merry, have a party, party, eat, drink, and be merry, go on a spreeView synonyms
- ‘He saw the cubs and adults roistering on the huge expanse of lawn that belonged to the posh street running parallel to Hillside Drive.’
- ‘The Wild Irish boy assumes the role of a roistering English rake, while Armida plays the part of an Italian diva.’
- ‘He has affectionate memories of those days and the roistering workers who got drunk on Saturday nights.’
- ‘Within the narrow range of south-western Holland, he roistered from one town to another, storing up themes and stories as he went.’
- ‘The first is devoted to work, the middle bit to domestic arrangements and the latter part to roistering in the style to which tabloid readers have become accustomed.’
- ‘Don't misunderstand me - I'm not going to run right out and start roistering around, smoking and drinking and carrying on.’
- ‘Piper lived with Arthur and me for four months in 2002, when we roistered around the local show circuit.’
- ‘Together they capture those long-lit days of summer when we roistered round the village.’
- ‘Mr. Ziegler's is an elegant, sympathetic, and extremely readable biography, which really does breathe the breath of roistering life back into the vanished knight of letters.’
- ‘Against a flat midnight-blue background the roistering figures tumble about, squabbling with each other or brandishing colourful fire-sticks.’
Late 16th century: from obsolete roister ‘roisterer’, from French rustre ‘ruffian’, variant of ruste, from Latin rusticus ‘rustic’.
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