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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Recent Examples on the Web

One of the most boisterous fans is Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet and software services. Terry Collins, Fortune, "Mark Stevens is Banned, But Here are the Other Tech Titans You May See Courtside on the Warriors' 'Billionaire's Row'," 7 June 2019 And there’s only one cure for that: a loud and boisterous culture of open dialogue and exchange. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Philly's population grows again, Meek Mill's arresting officer once lied to FBI | Morning Newsletter," 22 Mar. 2018 Over the past few years, alarming deaths of black people at the hands of the police spawned a boisterous national movement — Black Lives Matter — demanding systemic change. John Eligon, New York Times, "After His Brother Commits Murder, a Journalist Revisits Their Childhood," 6 July 2018 So when the scherzo movement misfired and required a retake, the audience seemed to care about as much as when a drink spills at a boisterous party, which is to say, not at all. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits," 17 June 2018 For exactly two weeks on Thursday, the Armenian capital has been filled with boisterous street parties, the air imbued with contagious excitement. Washington Post, "Armenia’s revolution enters new stage as Russia begins to take notice," 26 Apr. 2018 Pogba is apparently loud and boisterous on the team coach, always looking to be the center of attention, as his ever changing hairstyles and social media persona would suggest, which is said to be rubbing Mourinho and others up the wrong way. SI.com, "Report: Pogba, Mourinho Relationship Reaching Breaking Point Like Beckham, Sir Alex," 20 Apr. 2018 The largest was a $52,000 fine against an Airbnb operator who advertised a house in the middle of a single-family neighborhood as the perfect venue for a boisterous bachelor party. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Pedestrian struck and killed by car on Portland's Swan Island, police say; expect delays," 23 Mar. 2018 The ex-president won’t be performing in Jacmel or Gonaives, cities where the boisterous street parties are legendary. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Former Haitian President Martelly banned from Haiti carnivals — and Trump’s the reason," 31 Jan. 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near boisterous

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bois puant

boist

boisterous

boîte

Bojador, Cape

Bojer

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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

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boisterously adverb

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