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