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Definitions for boisterous
ˈbɔɪ stər əs, -strəsbois·ter·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious, unrulyadjective

    noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

    "a boisterous crowd"; "a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand"; "a robustious group of teenagers"; "beneath the rumbustious surface of his paintings is sympathy for the vulnerability of ordinary human beings"; "an unruly class"

  2. boisterous, knockaboutadjective

    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits

    "boisterous practical jokes"; "knockabout comedy"

  3. boisterous, fierce, roughadjective

    violently agitated and turbulent

    "boisterous winds and waves"; "the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound; "rough weather"; "rough seas"


  1. boisterousadjective

    Full of energy; exuberant; noisy.

  2. boisterousadjective

    Characterized by violence and agitation; wild; stormy.

  3. boisterousadjective

    Having or resembling animal exuberance.

  4. Etymology: from boistous, from bustous, perhaps from boitous

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BOISTEROUSadjective

    Etymology: byster, furious, Dutch.

    By a divine instinct, men’s minds mistrust
    Ensuing danger; as by proof we see
    The waters swell before a boisterous storm. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    As when loud winds a well-grown oak would rend
    Up by the roots, this way and that they bend
    His reeling trunk, and with a boist’rous sound
    Scatter his leaves, and strew them on the ground. Edmund Waller.

    Spirit of peace,
    Wherefore do you so ill translate yourself
    Out of the speech of peace, that bears such grace,
    Into the harsh and boist’rous tongue of war? William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    His sweetness won a more regard
    Unto his place, than all the boist’rous moods
    That ignorant greatness practiseth. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    God, into the hands of their deliverer,
    Puts invincible might,
    To quell the mighty of the earth, th’ oppressor,
    The brute and boist’rous force of violent men. John Milton.

    Still must I beg thee not to name Sempronius:
    Lucia; I like not that loud boisterous man. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    His boisterous club, so buried in the ground,
    He could not rearen up again so light,
    But that the knight him at avantage found. Fairy Q. b. i.

    When the sun hath gained a greater strength, the heat becomes too powerful and boisterous for them. Natural History.


  1. boisterous

    Boisterous refers to something or someone that is noisy, energetic, and cheerfully or lively to an excessive or unrestrained degree. It can be associated with actions and behavior that are exuberant, high-spirited, rowdy, or wildly and unpredictably noisy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boisterousadjective

    rough or rude; unbending; unyielding; strong; powerful

  2. Boisterousadjective

    exhibiting tumultuous violence and fury; acting with noisy turbulence; violent; rough; stormy

  3. Boisterousadjective

    noisy; rough; turbulent; as, boisterous mirth; boisterous behavior

  4. Boisterousadjective

    vehement; excessive

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Boisterous

    bois′tėr-us, adj. wild: noisy: turbulent: stormy.—adv. Bois′terously.—n. Bois′terousness. [M. E. boistous, approximating, but not in sense, to the O. Fr. boisteus, whence modern boiteux, lame. The Celtic words throw no light upon its origin.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boisterous in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boisterous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of boisterous in a Sentence

  1. Sanna Marin:

    I spent a night with my friends. We just partied, also in a boisterous way. I danced and sang.

  2. Donovon Brinson:

    I saw the beginning of the argument [between the girls], the girls were definitely getting really boisterous with each other and using belligerent terms. It's sad.

  3. Tim Murtaugh:

    We take safety seriously, which is why were doing temperature checks for everyone attending, and providing masks and hand sanitizer. This will be a Trump rally, which means a big, boisterous, excited crowd.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

  5. Lynn Calvacca:

    Everyone in that building is afraid, when you have somebody who’s a large man, boisterous, loud — he pretty much convinces or scares anyone he’s with to get his way.

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