adjective bois·ter·ous \ˈbi-st(ə-)rəs\

: very noisy and active in a lively way

Full Definition of BOISTEROUS

a :  coarse
b :  durable, strong
c :  massive
a :  noisily turbulent :  rowdy
b :  marked by or expressive of exuberance and high spirits
bois·ter·ous·ly adverb
bois·ter·ous·ness noun

Examples of BOISTEROUS

  1. A large and boisterous crowd attended the concert.
  2. <the fans at the baseball game became particularly boisterous after the home run>
  3. The crowd was young and boisterous, the cheeseburgers were juicy and perfectly charred, and the place was always packed. —Jonathan Black, Saveur, October 2007


Middle English boistous crude, clumsy, from Anglo-French
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of BOISTEROUS

vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention. vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out <vociferous cries of protest and outrage>. clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting <clamorous demands for prison reforms>. blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness <blatant rock music> <a blatant clamor for impeachment>. strident suggests harsh and discordant noise <heard the strident cry of the crow>. boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits <a boisterous crowd of party goers>. obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint <the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested>.

Rhymes with BOISTEROUS

BOISTEROUSLY Defined for Kids


adjective bois·ter·ous \ˈbi-stə-rəs, -strəs\

Definition of BOISTEROUS for Kids

:  being rough and noisy <a boisterous class>
bois·ter·ous·ly adverb


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