boisterous

adjective
bois·​ter·​ous | \ ˈbȯi-st(ə-)rəs How to pronounce boisterous (audio) \

Definition of boisterous

1a : noisily turbulent : rowdy
b : marked by or expressive of exuberance and high spirits

3 obsolete

a : coarse
c : massive

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Other Words from boisterous

boisterously adverb
boisterousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for boisterous

Synonyms

hell-raising, knockabout, rambunctious, raucous, robustious, roisterous, rollicking, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]

Antonyms

orderly

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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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Ditto if a family requisitions the adults-only pool for its boisterous kids. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Ship Etiquette Tips: A Primer For Before You Sail," 4 Sep. 2019 While lawmakers argued, with one after another rising from the chamber’s green leather benches to defend or denounce Johnson’s tactics, boisterous demonstrations outside the House of Commons continued into the night. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "U.K. Parliament defies Boris Johnson and sets vote to block no-deal Brexit," 3 Sep. 2019 And yet Brockhampton did have ancestors, namely Odd Future, the boisterous California hip-hop collective that formed when Abstract was a preteen. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Brockhampton Grows Up," 2 Sep. 2019 Sutton urges employees to avoid being boisterous or overly aggressive. Chris Woolston, Quartz at Work, "How to deal with an abusive boss," 29 Aug. 2019 Communication will also be an issue in front of a larger — and perhaps more boisterous — crowd than the Jaguars are used to facing in the Sun Belt Conference. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "‘An awesome opportunity’: South Alabama QB Cephus Johnson set for first road start at Nebraska," 29 Aug. 2019 But we are told that the boisterous Trump, our first president without military or political experience prior to his election, has disgraced the office. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump — or What, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2019 Greenwich and its boisterous managing partner Michael Ursini made waves in Denver in September 2017 when conceptual plans for 1,000-foot-tall tower the company aimed to build on the property leaked online. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Downtown Denver parking lot eyed for 81-story building sells to different developer," 20 Aug. 2019 Saddled for 30 years with the moniker Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, the concrete-and-glass temple chugged along with a reputation for boisterous fans and a name so cumbersome that no one quite knew what to call it. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "A Basketball Mecca That Just Needed a Name," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of boisterous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for boisterous

Middle English boistous crude, clumsy, from Anglo-French

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boisterous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of boisterous

: very noisy and active in a lively way

boisterous

adjective
bois·​ter·​ous | \ ˈbȯi-stə-rəs How to pronounce boisterous (audio) , -strəs\

Kids Definition of boisterous

: being rough and noisy a boisterous class

Other Words from boisterous

boisterously adverb

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