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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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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 The Iowa Democratic caucuses, on the other hand, are historically a longer and more boisterous affair. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The 2020 Iowa Caucuses Won’t Decide Who Will Be President—But They Will Decide Who Won’t," 26 Nov. 2019 But what Joan loved most was spending time with her big, boisterous family., "Joan Marie Breen," 24 Nov. 2019 His aims are as clear and pointed as ever, as was evidenced by the lack of a boisterous post-game celebration on the field and in the words of his players. Pat Brennan,, "Luke Fickell reflective as UC Bearcats clinch AAC East championship," 24 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, Republicans are considering changes to their lineup on the House Intelligence Committee ahead of public hearings on the impeachment inquiry, including the installation of Rep. Jim Jordan , R-Ohio, a boisterous Trump supporter. John Wagner, Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, Anchorage Daily News, "Diplomat revises earlier testimony, admits giving Ukraine a quid pro quo message," 5 Nov. 2019 And Chalamet and Edgerton are both impressively convincing as the reluctant monarch and his boisterous wingman, the latter of whom is given not just physical ballast but real gravitas in this telling. Ann Hornaday, Houston Chronicle, "Splendid visuals can't save dull Netflix drama 'The King'," 30 Oct. 2019 Remember that there is a two-week shadow period post-retrograde, and boisterous Sagittarius season kicks off on Friday, November 22. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Your Survival Guide to November's Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio," 24 Oct. 2019 This time, when her speeding sports car pulls up next to a station wagon, she’s greeted by a car packed with a loud, boisterous family rather than a sleeping one. Gerrad Hall,, "Disneyland, a car crash, and a John Candy tribute — inside The Goldbergs' Vacation-inspired season premiere," 18 Sep. 2019 Some employees said the airline became less like a big boisterous family under his successors. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Southwest Air’s Kelleher Created Quirky Style That Produced Reliable Profits," 4 Jan. 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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