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" (Mod.Fr. boiteux), itself of obscure origin. Another guess traces it via Celtic to L. bestia. Used of persons from 1560s. Related: Boisterously; boisterousness.

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  • Boisterous — Bois ter*ous, a. [OE. boistous; of uncertain origin; cf. W. bwyst wild, savage, wildness, ferocity, bwystus ferocious.] 1. Rough or rude; unbending; unyielding; strong; powerful. [Obs.] Boisterous sword. Boisterous hand. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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

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