adjective bois·ter·ous \ ˈbȯi-st(ə-)rəs \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of boisterous

1 obsolete
a : coarse
c : massive
2 a : noisily turbulent : rowdy
b : marked by or expressive of exuberance and high spirits





Examples of boisterous in a Sentence

  1. The crowd was young and boisterous, the cheeseburgers were juicy and perfectly charred, and the place was always packed. —Jonathan BlackSaveurOctober 2007
  2. 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 RoundsMs.December 1999/January 2000
  3. 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 LydonAtlanticFebruary 1993
  4. A large and boisterous crowd attended the concert.

  5. the fans at the baseball game became particularly boisterous after the home run

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Origin and Etymology of boisterous

Middle English boistous crude, clumsy, from Anglo-French

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

BOISTEROUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of boisterous for English Language Learners

  • : very noisy and active in a lively way

BOISTEROUS Defined for Kids


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

Definition of boisterous for Students

: being rough and noisy
  • a boisterous class



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