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Definition of boisterous

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

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boisterously adverb
boisterousness noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web While there are plenty of restaurants out there that cater to folks who want a more buttoned-down and low-key night out, the space and demand for more boisterous eating places seems only to be expanding. Soleil Ho,, "The beer hall Fort Point Valencia: A very San Francisco brand of bar food," 30 Jan. 2020 Clinton advisor Philippe Reines claims to a boisterous audience laugh. Fiona Hillery,, "Tears, Gasps & Laughter: All The Sundance Reactions To The New Hillary Clinton Documentary," 29 Jan. 2020 Many of those overlooked became noisy, boisterous and towards the end waved signs noting their affiliations or pet causes ever more frantically. Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Putin marks 20 years in power," 21 Dec. 2019 The beer-swilling rapper’s looks have a uniquely boisterous yeehaw quality: think Nudie suits in every color of the rainbow, complete with floss-thin bolo ties. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Post Malone Cleans Up In His Most Polished Look Yet," 6 Dec. 2019 Clearly, Bruegel’s version suggests that the boisterous party extended beyond the painting’s borders. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Bruegel’s “The Wedding Dance” Revealed’ Review: Revelry Restored," 21 Jan. 2020 Their arrival sends bird enthusiasts and conservationists flocking to the Sacramento Valley to catch the boisterous spectacle. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: Knowing is half the battle," 16 Jan. 2020 Boone was a boisterous NFL offensive lineman from 2009-17, including with the Vikings in 2016. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Boisterous ex-Vikings guard Alex Boone now a radio analyst striving to ‘say it as I see it’," 28 Dec. 2019 The ideas and the substance, the cartoons and the asides, were served with a huge dollop of Bill Buckley’s boisterous spirit. Peter J. Travers, National Review, "An Affair for the Ages," 11 Dec. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of boisterous

: very noisy and active in a lively way


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

Kids Definition of boisterous

: being rough and noisy a boisterous class

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