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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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 Autoplay Workers and union leaders dusted off bullhorns and flags that had stayed furled during coronavirus lockdowns for slimmed down but still boisterous — and at times violent — May Day marches on Saturday. Fox News, "May Day protesters in Paris demand more job protections amid pandemic," 2 May 2021 The eight phases of voting together with massive, boisterous election rallies over the last month have continued in the state despite the exploding coronavirus numbers. Washington Post, "Indians in West Bengal line up to vote amid runaway covid outbreak," 29 Apr. 2021 Qin is seen as a more measured voice compared to some of China’s more boisterous and outspoken diplomats. Fortune, "The U.S. and China are climate frenemies—and maybe that’s OK," 22 Apr. 2021 Tully fits squarely in Heigl's wheelhouse, a boisterous and driven woman who is always the leader, never the follower. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke's 'Firefly Lane' is a sappy, soapy mess," 3 Feb. 2021 During normal times, the narrow, homespun dining room at Lilly's can be as boisterous as a dining hall. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Lilly’s Cafe will open second Magazine Street restaurant with 'the same heart, more soup'," 14 Jan. 2021 Cooking class was taught by Mrs. Shaw, an elderly, muumuu-wearing transplant from somewhere in the South, and was dominated by a clique of boisterous girls who ate brown sugar by the handful straight out of the cannisters. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Did Home Economics Empower Women?," 19 Apr. 2021 Her performers — many first-timers with CFCArts Theatre — again step up, from courtly waltzing to a boisterous peasant dance. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "A rough road to the ball can’t fully snuff out the sparkle of ‘Cinderella’ | Review," 18 Apr. 2021 The small but boisterous slice of Twitter that's preoccupied with politics imagines @jack, the author of our collective Twitter being, as all-powerful. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "While Jack Dorsey Mans the Monastery," 2 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boisterous. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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

Other Words from boisterous

boisterously adverb

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