Definition of boisterous in US English:

boisterous

adjective

  • 1(of a person, event, or behavior) noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy.

    ‘the boisterous conviviality associated with taverns of that period’
    • ‘The crowd slumbered and even the usually boisterous Carib Beer girls gave up trying to get the spectators enthused.’
    • ‘In 1756 he transferred across the road to Pembroke College, having found his Peterhouse neighbours boisterous and noisy.’
    • ‘She can understand their boisterous behaviour.’
    • ‘Benjamin is a small blond with a boisterous spirit and a marked tendency toward speaking her mind.’
    • ‘We weren't drunk, but decided to be loud and boisterous, living behind our facades.’
    • ‘It had become boisterous and quite noisy so the Tavern owner had devised a way to get all the customers off each others' throats.’
    • ‘He is a boisterous, loud, energetic man, completely at odds with the surroundings.’
    • ‘This might keep them out of the cinema where their boisterous behaviour has put people off going there.’
    • ‘He's very boisterous and loud normally, but he becomes just the opposite.’
    • ‘He was surrounded by noisy and boisterous children as he sat motionless on his throne.’
    • ‘The masks are often grotesque, humorous or satirical and the dances can be noisy and boisterous.’
    • ‘She also looks after her granddaughter, Abby, who is three years old, loud, boisterous and basically a handful.’
    • ‘Fortunately the giggles from the Thai ladies and boisterous laughs from the lads who were nearby painted a different picture.’
    • ‘He is boisterous and lively like any other little boy his age.’
    • ‘The American girls were great - loud and boisterous, and all good fun.’
    • ‘The defensive players were boisterous and energetic and were taking it to the offense.’
    • ‘Nicola turned around and saw the boisterous girl who had sat next to her.’
    • ‘Their culture says it is OK to be boisterous, to be loud and speak your mind.’
    • ‘Jack, an affectionate, boisterous lad, lives in another world.’
    • ‘He was noisy and boisterous and Bowyer said he moved away from them because of his behaviour.’
    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 wind, weather, or water) wild or stormy.
      ‘the boisterous wind was lulled’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/ˈboist(ə)rəs//ˈbɔɪst(ə)rəs/