boisterous

adjective
bois·​ter·​ous | \ ˈbȯi-st(ə-)rəs \

Definition of boisterous

1 obsolete

a : coarse
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

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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Both of the aforementioned, and a whole lot of boisterous beauty trends that, at the very least, gave us a distraction from the state of the world. Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 The formerly boisterous and noisy Caps crowd lost a bit of its mojo as time inched toward the conclusion of regulation. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Final: Capitals Roll to Game 4 Win, 3-1 Series Lead Over Golden Knights," 4 June 2018 Should be boisterous, should be intense, should be downright fun. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "One for the ages: Storm gets crown jewel in classic WNBA semifinals victory over Phoenix," 4 Sep. 2018 Find boisterous, atmospheric izakayas serving locally made craft brews in areas such as around the Yurakucho and Ueno stations. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 The hushed gravitas and simplicity of the original restaurant had clearly been eradicated in favor of a more boisterous bravado. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 Scot Ludwig is the Boise City Council's most boisterous member. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Critics dislike his proposed high-rises. But colleagues like this Boise councilman," 12 June 2018 But instead of walkouts and political speeches and boisterous rallies like one Friday night at a nearby church, the students got down to work on Saturday and Sunday. Mark Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "Students begin tour to address gun violence," 17 June 2018 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

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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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boisterous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of boisterous

: very noisy and active in a lively way

boisterous

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

Kids Definition of boisterous

: being rough and noisy a boisterous class

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