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


hell-raising, knockabout, rambunctious, raucous, robustious, roisterous, rollicking, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]



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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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Director Salim Razawi gives the show a boisterous and smooth staging, with strong group narration by the ensemble. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Sunny songs, brutal story — that ‘s ‘Once on this Island’ in El Cerrito," 5 July 2019 The boisterous rally hit on many of the themes the president championed during his 2016 bid - Immigration, draining the Washington swamp and overturning Obamacare – layering them with his administration’s economic success. Leada Gore |,, "Trump announces reelection campaign: Reaction, tweets, scenes from Orlando rally; KAG," 19 June 2019 Her voice was always soft but sure, confident but not boisterous. Helene Elliott,, "Allyson Felix finds a much stronger voice after birth of daughter," 17 June 2019 The strengthening of the rent laws came after many months of contentious debate in Albany, in addition to boisterous rallies held by tenant activists in the city and the State Capitol. New York Times, "Rent Laws’ Impact: Tenant Paradise or Return of the ‘Bronx Is Burning’?," 17 June 2019 The crowd started out big and boisterous, but midway through his 90-minute speech, the gas was running low. Willie Brown,, "Joe Biden goes south," 22 June 2019 In the afternoon, a boisterous, all-women committee studying new terms related to leisure led by Ágústa Þorbergsdóttir, would punctuate the calm office environment with bursts of laughter. Caitlin Hu, Quartz, "Iceland is inventing a new vocabulary for a high-tech future," 2 June 2019 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's population grows again, Meek Mill's arresting officer once lied to FBI | Morning Newsletter," 22 Mar. 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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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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