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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

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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 Raider fans glory in their reputation for being loud and boisterous and a little bit dangerous, sure. Caille Millner,, "Raider Nation maligned and misunderstood yet stayed loyal," 20 Dec. 2019 Many students — giggly and boisterous, their energy pulsing through the 1937-era movie palace once known as the Pikes Theatre — didn’t know who Harriet Tubman was. Mary Carole Mccauley, Washington Post, "A rare black-owned Maryland movie theater celebrates its first anniversary," 27 Feb. 2020 The world doesn’t have much patience with boisterous, impulsive or mischievous children. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Gentle Lessons About Dignity and Difference," 17 Jan. 2020 That group has ridden that boisterous environment to a 19-game home win streak dating back to last season (Feb. 20, 2019), marking the third-longest such streak in program history, including a perfect 16-0 mark this year. Tom Green |, al, "Welcome to The Jungle: How Auburn Arena became one of college’s best homecourt advantages," 4 Mar. 2020 Nearby, similar columns of sunshine frame the boisterous clapping of women in song—a long commute swiftly transformed into a site of worship. Oluremi C. Onabanjo, The New Yorker, "How Santu Mofokeng Shaped South African Photography," 24 Feb. 2020 Morgan Gurley, a senior from Towson about to play in her third Brownie-Spider, said the boisterous cheers and throwback rules took some getting used to at first. Rich Scherr,, "18 players, 3 courts, 125 years of tradition: Brownie vs. Spider basketball game at St. Timothy’s as spirited as ever," 20 Nov. 2019 What made the celebration even more boisterous for Byrum was what preceded his game-winner. Tom Green |, al, "The night Auburn’s Wes Byrum silenced The Swamp," 30 Sep. 2019 Admittedly a bit quieter than the more boisterous Winovich relatives, but smiling widely, Larry sat with his parents, Kathy and Larry Prout. Nora Princiotti,, "Chase Winovich has inspiration (and a friend) in Larry Prout Jr.," 10 Aug. 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 7 Apr. 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

Other Words from boisterous

boisterously adverb

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