from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly British Easily offended or annoyed; ill-tempered or belligerent.

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  • adj. Ornery, fractious, belligerent, or obstreperous, and hence difficult to deal with.

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  • adj. obstreperous


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps alteration of obstreperous.

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From obstropulous, obsolete slang for obstreperous.


  • And getting stroppy is not going to work. on January 16, 2008 at 10: 10 am | Reply plod999

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  • Excellent word! I especially like the phrase "get all stroppy."

    February 22, 2007