Definition of boisterous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔɪst(ə)rəs/


1Noisy, energetic, and cheerful: a group of boisterous lads
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  • He is a boisterous, loud, energetic man, completely at odds with the surroundings.
  • He was noisy and boisterous and Bowyer said he moved away from them because of his behaviour.
  • He was surrounded by noisy and boisterous children as he sat motionless on his throne.
lively, active, animated, exuberant, spirited, bouncy, frisky, excited, overexcited, in high spirits, high-spirited, ebullient, vibrant, rowdy, unruly, wild, uproarious, unrestrained, undisciplined, uninhibited, uncontrolled, abandoned, rough, romping, rollicking, disorderly, knockabout, riotous, rip-roaring, rumbustious, roistering, tumultuous;
noisy, loud, clamorous, clangorous
1.1(Of weather or water) wild or stormy: the boisterous wind was lulled
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  • On the other side of the railway stood the cemetery on a gradual rise looking out to the boisterous Tasman Sea.
  • Her entire crew of sixteen men, after several hours in open boats on a boisterous sea, succeeded in getting ashore.
  • It pattered hard against the seaward windows of the hotel and swept into the horde of steam launches that buffeted with the rather boisterous sea.
blustery, gusting, gusty, breezy, windy, stormy, wild, squally, rough, choppy, turbulent, tempestuous, howling, roaring, raging, furious
informal blowy



Pronunciation: /ˈbɔɪst(ə)rəsli/
Example sentences
  • There may have been fewer people inside the pubs, but outside multitudes upheld Irish social habits by smoking and drinking boisterously at the hundreds of tables hastily arranged on the sidewalks.
  • The provisional government boisterously protested the students' actions and fought fiercely for the unconditional and immediate release of the hostages.
  • Young boys surfed on broken refrigerator doors; children ran boisterously around abandoned sea shacks and flew kites; and families took the day off to picnic.


Pronunciation: /ˈbɔɪst(ə)rəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • This year there was boisterousness earlier in the evening as guests at the table where Watson was sitting were heckled for chatting loudly during a performance by violinist Nicola Benedetti.
  • Towards the end, Sam's boisterousness bordered on belligerence.
  • Scenes percolate with the natural interplay of friends and neighbors, giving rise to a barely suppressed boisterousness.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'rough, stiff'): variant of earlier boistuous 'rustic, coarse, boisterous', of unknown origin.

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