bois·​ter·​ous ˈbȯi-st(ə-)rəs How to pronounce boisterous (audio)
: noisily turbulent : rowdy
: marked by or expressive of exuberance and high spirits
: coarse
boisterously adverb
boisterousness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for boisterous

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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Word History


Middle English boistous crude, clumsy, from Anglo-French

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Time Traveler
The first known use of boisterous was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Boisterous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


bois·​ter·​ous ˈbȯi-st(ə-)rəs How to pronounce boisterous (audio)
: noisily rough : rowdy
a boisterous crowd
: marked by high spirits
boisterous laughter
: vigorously active : stormy
boisterously adverb
boisterousness noun

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