bois·ter·ous | \ ˈbȯi-st(ə-)rəs \

Definition of boisterous 

1 obsolete

a : coarse

b : durable, strong

c : massive

2a : noisily turbulent : rowdy

b : marked by or expressive of exuberance and high spirits

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Other words from boisterous

boisterously adverb
boisterousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for boisterous


knockabout, rambunctious, raucous, rollicking, rowdy



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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

Examples of boisterous in a Sentence

The crowd was young and boisterous, the cheeseburgers were juicy and perfectly charred, and the place was always packed. —Jonathan Black, Saveur, October 2007 Things had apparently gotten a little too boisterous during the Northern Ohio Girls Soccer League games. And it wasn't the kids. Fed up with noisy, know-it-all parents, the league banned cheering and jeering from the sidelines for one game, which they dubbed Silent Sunday. —Kate Rounds, Ms., December 1999/January 2000 Suzanne Massie, boisterous and voluble as we drove through her adopted neighborhood in St. Petersburg, hurtled to a sudden stop. She was laughing uproariously to see the spot, where five years earlier, her rented car had fallen apart … —Christopher Lydon, Atlantic, February 1993 A large and boisterous crowd attended the concert. the fans at the baseball game became particularly boisterous after the home run
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The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York turned into its usual boisterous celebration Sunday, but many participants also saw it as an occasion to express their more somber concerns over the devastation caused by hurricane Maria. Rebecca Gibian And Deepti Hajela, The Christian Science Monitor, "Puerto Rican Day Parade participants celebrate and mourn," 11 June 2018 The National Puerto Rican Parade in New York turned into its usual boisterous celebration Sunday, but many participants also saw it as an occasion to express their more somber concerns over the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Rebecca Gibian, The Seattle Times, "Puerto Rican Day Parade displays post-hurricane pride," 10 June 2018 There were play-by-play announcers and analysts, replays, pre- and post-game interviews, and boisterous fans in both the video-game and real-world arenas. Joey Morona,, "Cavs Legion wins 2 out of 3 in NBA 2K League's season-opening tournament," 2 May 2018 His once-boisterous laugh has dimmed, if not his smile. Chris Ballard,, "In Montana, a 49ers Reunion for Dwight Clark," 2 May 2018 As the Philadelphia Eagles geared up for a championship playoff game at their home stadium on Sunday, the police were preparing to keep the city’s boisterous football fans safe. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Philadelphia Slathers Crisco on Street Poles to Keep Eagles Fans Down," 21 Jan. 2018 Perhaps that’s why the crowd — listed as a sellout — was particularly boisterous Tuesday. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Storm not happy after OT loss to Sparks, and that’s a good thing," 10 July 2018 Some of the demonstrations were boisterous, others were quiet. Washington Post, "Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy," 1 July 2018 Some of the demonstrations were boisterous, others were quiet. CBS News, "Protesters flood U.S. cities to fight Trump immigration policy," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of boisterous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for boisterous

Middle English boistous crude, clumsy, from Anglo-French

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English Language Learners Definition of boisterous

: very noisy and active in a lively way


bois·ter·ous | \ ˈbȯi-stə-rəs , -strəs \

Kids Definition of boisterous

: being rough and noisy a boisterous class

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boisterously adverb

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