- Boisterous Bois"ter*ous, a. [OE. boistous; of uncertain
origin; cf. W. bwyst wild, savage, wildness, ferocity,
1. Rough or rude; unbending; unyielding; strong; powerful.
[Obs.] ``Boisterous sword.'' ``Boisterous hand.'' --Shak.
The waters swell before a boisterous storm. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The brute and boisterous force of violent men. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
I like not that loud, boisterous man. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
The heat becomes too powerful and boisterous for them. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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boisterous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) noisy, energetic, and cheerful. 2) literary (of weather or water) wild or stormy. DERIVATIVES boisterously adverb boisterousness noun. ORIGIN from earlier boistuous «rustic, coarse, boisterous», of unknown origin … English terms dictionary
boisterous — index blatant (obtrusive), disorderly, vehement Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
boisterous — (adj.) late 15c., unexplained alteration of M.E. boistous (c.1300) rough, coarse (as of food), clumsy, violent, of unknown origin, perhaps from Anglo Fr. bustous rough (road), which is perhaps from O.Fr. boisteos curved, lame; uneven, rough… … Etymology dictionary
boisterous — obstreperous, clamorous, blatant, *vociferous, strident Analogous words: sporting, disporting, rollicking, frolicking, gamboling (see PLAY vb): *unruly, ungovernable: *indecorous, un seemly Contrasted words: quiet, noiseless, *still: peaceful, * … New Dictionary of Synonyms
boisterous — [adj] noisy and mischievous bouncy, brawling, clamorous, disorderly, effervescent, impetuous, loud, obstreperous, rambunctious, raucous, riotous, rollicking, rowdy, strident, tumultous/tumultuous, unrestrained, unruly, uproarious, vociferant,… … New thesaurus
boisterous — [bois′tər əs] adj. [ME boistreous, crude, coarse, altered < boistous, unmannerly, violent < ? OFr boisteus, limping, rough] 1. rough and stormy; turbulent 2. a) noisy and unruly; rowdy b) noisy and lively; loud and exuberant 3. Obs. rough,… … English World dictionary
boisterous — [[t]bɔ͟ɪstərəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is boisterous is noisy, lively, and full of energy. ...a boisterous but good natured crowd... Most of the children were noisy and boisterous. Ant: docile Derived words: boisterously ADV GRADED ADV with v … English dictionary
boisterous — bois|ter|ous [ˈbɔıstərəs] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: boistous rough (14 16 centuries), from Old French boistos] someone, especially a child, who is boisterous makes a lot of noise and has a lot of energy ▪ a class of boisterous five year olds … Dictionary of contemporary English
boisterous — adjective someone, especially a child, who is boisterous makes a lot of noise and has a lot of energy: a class of boisterous five year olds … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
boisterous — adjective 1) a boisterous game of handball Syn: lively, animated, exuberant, spirited, rambunctious; rowdy, unruly, wild, uproarious, unrestrained, undisciplined, uninhibited, uncontrolled, rough, disorderly, riotous, knocka … Thesaurus of popular words