Definition of boisterous in English:

boisterous

adjective

  • 1Noisy, energetic, and cheerful.

    ‘a group of boisterous lads’
    • ‘Benjamin is a small blond with a boisterous spirit and a marked tendency toward speaking her mind.’
    • ‘He is boisterous and lively like any other little boy his age.’
    • ‘This might keep them out of the cinema where their boisterous behaviour has put people off going there.’
    • ‘She can understand their boisterous behaviour.’
    • ‘Fortunately the giggles from the Thai ladies and boisterous laughs from the lads who were nearby painted a different picture.’
    • ‘He's very boisterous and loud normally, but he becomes just the opposite.’
    • ‘It had become boisterous and quite noisy so the Tavern owner had devised a way to get all the customers off each others' throats.’
    • ‘She also looks after her granddaughter, Abby, who is three years old, loud, boisterous and basically a handful.’
    • ‘Their culture says it is OK to be boisterous, to be loud and speak your mind.’
    • ‘He is a boisterous, loud, energetic man, completely at odds with the surroundings.’
    • ‘We weren't drunk, but decided to be loud and boisterous, living behind our facades.’
    • ‘The masks are often grotesque, humorous or satirical and the dances can be noisy and boisterous.’
    • ‘He was surrounded by noisy and boisterous children as he sat motionless on his throne.’
    • ‘In 1756 he transferred across the road to Pembroke College, having found his Peterhouse neighbours boisterous and noisy.’
    • ‘Nicola turned around and saw the boisterous girl who had sat next to her.’
    • ‘The defensive players were boisterous and energetic and were taking it to the offense.’
    • ‘He was noisy and boisterous and Bowyer said he moved away from them because of his behaviour.’
    • ‘Jack, an affectionate, boisterous lad, lives in another world.’
    • ‘The American girls were great - loud and boisterous, and all good fun.’
    • ‘The crowd slumbered and even the usually boisterous Carib Beer girls gave up trying to get the spectators enthused.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 (of weather or water) wild or stormy.
      ‘the boisterous wind was lulled’
      • ‘Her entire crew of sixteen men, after several hours in open boats on a boisterous sea, succeeded in getting ashore.’
      • ‘On the other side of the railway stood the cemetery on a gradual rise looking out to the boisterous Tasman Sea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Passing the stone outcropping, a solitary monolith holding sway against the boisterous sea, a pod of dolphins cavorted on the waves, adding their own sonorous clicks and whistles to the voices of the airborne choir.’
      blustery, gusting, gusty, breezy, windy, stormy, wild, squally, rough, choppy, turbulent, tempestuous, howling, roaring, raging, furious
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

boisterous

/ˈbɔɪst(ə)rəs/