What does boisterous mean?

boisterous meaning in General Dictionary

harsh or rude unbending unyielding strong powerful

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  • saturated in harsh and exuberant animal spirits
  • noisy and without discipline or control
  • violently agitated and turbulent
  • Rough or rude; unbending; unyielding; powerful; powerful.
  • Exhibiting tumultuous physical violence and fury; acting with loud turbulence; violent; rough; stormy.
  • Noisy; harsh; turbulent; because, boisterous mirth; boisterous behavior.
  • Vehement; excessive.

boisterous meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 15c., unexplained alteration of Middle English boistous (c.1300) "rough, coarse (by meals), clumsy, violent," that will be of unknown origin, perhaps from Anglo-French bustous "rough (roadway)," which will be possibly from Old French boisteos "curved, lame; unequal, rough" (Modern French boiteux), itself of obscure beginning. Another guess traces it via Celtic to Latin bestia. Applied of people from 1560s. Related: Boisterously; boisterousness.


boisterous meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Rough or rude; unbending; unyielding; strong; effective.

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  • (a.) Exhibiting tumultuous violence and fury; acting with noisy turbulence; violent; rough; stormy.
  • (a.) Noisy; harsh; turbulent; because, boisterous mirth; boisterous behavior.
  • (a.) Vehement; exorbitant.

Sentence Examples with the word boisterous

We made that small house ring with boisterous mirth and resound with the murmur of much sober talk, making amends then to Walden vale for the long silences.

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