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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Its verses, boisterous yet ultimately moralizing, were set to backing music by Kool & the Gang and produced by Alan Douglas, who previously worked with Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, one of the Last Poets and earliest rappers, dies at 74," 14 June 2018 Trump plans to fly in and out of these states to hold boisterous rallies. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics How Dems in red states can fight off Trump's vicious attacks," 31 May 2018 The pledge consistently drew raucous applause from his boisterous campaign rallies. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Mexican president's visit to White House is on ice, reportedly because of testy phone call," 25 Feb. 2018 Another, Fifi Abdou, an Egyptian national treasure viewed with both affection and mockery for her boisterous personality, has been reincarnated in retirement thanks to social media. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)," 8 July 2018 The tone of Gallagher’s set was wry and boisterous before the poignant closer, with the crowd growing increasingly jovial with every passing sing-along -- the perfect warm-up for the main event, and an ideal scenario for all involved. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "The Rolling Stones Kicked Off a Happy Homecoming Run in London With Liam Gallagher," 23 May 2018 Usually boisterous and defiant, Shkreli spent most of the three-hour hearing, dressed in a dark prison uniform and black glasses, staring down into his lap. Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Hey Republicans, Medicaid is a key way to tackle opioid abuse," 12 Mar. 2018 The smallest of those fans were the most boisterous, as Reading youth lacrosse players rushed to hug junior Joe Bean, a midfielder and faceoff specialist who umpires their games. Craig Larson,, "The spring season got off to a soggy start, but had a brilliant finish," 28 June 2018 As the meeting got more boisterous, security officers for Arlington’s Central Library appeared then called local police. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Legislative town hall in Arlington dissolves into chaos over immigration," 12 May 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

Other Words from boisterous

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playful or foolish behavior

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