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

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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 Still, the inevitable third-act wobbliness gives way to a boisterous final blowout that will leave fans giddy. Kristen Baldwin,, "Coming 2 America is a fun trip back in time: Review," 4 Mar. 2021 Both in appearance and personality, the women possess an unmistakable likeness: long dark hair, deep brown eyes and boisterous natures. Washington Post, "These women were the closest of friends. Then they found out they’re actually sisters.," 4 Mar. 2021 In the past half-century, just three people have held the seat representing this lovely, boisterous city in Congress. Los Angeles Times, "Column: After Nancy Pelosi, who? San Francisco plays a guessing game," 3 Mar. 2021 My competition did not, and proceeded to be boisterous and overbearing, which made the customer cringe. Heather R Morgan, Forbes, "Why Women Often Beat Men At Negotiation," 25 Feb. 2021 There’s a quiet dignity and complexity being afforded to this otherwise boisterous young man (a Tory voter who supports Section 28, no less). Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, "It’s a Sin Recap: It’s Spreading," 19 Feb. 2021 The event was disrupted midway through when a small group of virus skeptics who had joined the crowd grew boisterous and demanded that people stop wearing masks. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Hurt by Lockdowns, California’s Small Businesses Push to Recall Governor," 19 Feb. 2021 With a smoothly distinct voice and boisterous work ethic, Pride began cementing an unmatched legacy in country — a career that totaled 29 No. 1 songs and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Matthew Leimkuehler, USA Today, "For nearly a century, these Black artists have shaped country music," 16 Feb. 2021 But before the pandemic, this city straddling the Yangtze River was famed for several prestigious universities as well as some of China’s most boisterous soccer fanatics. Time, "‘This Means a Lot.' After Their City Was Battered by Coronavirus, Wuhan's Soccer Fans Find Redemption," 29 Dec. 2020

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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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7 Mar 2021

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“Boisterous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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

Other Words from boisterous

boisterously adverb

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