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[voh-sif-er-uh s] /voʊˈsɪf ər əs/
crying out noisily; clamorous.
characterized by or uttered with vociferation:
a vociferous manner of expression.
Origin of vociferous
First recorded in 1605-15; vocifer(ant) + -ous
Related forms
vociferously, adverb
vociferousness, noun
unvociferous, adjective
unvociferously, adverb
unvociferousness, noun
Can be confused
veracious, vociferous, voracious.
1. loud, noisy, vocal, uproarious, boisterous. Unabridged
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  • The veteran broncho-busters and ranchmen gave him no vociferous welcome as he appeared among them.

  • Ahead, behind, to right and left, everything that could toot was busy and vociferous.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • He waved his hand impatiently at the vociferous Slavs, and then at the door of the Assembly Hall.

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • The cowboy subsided, then burst into vociferous demands for a bed.

  • He makes his toilet after a leisurely fashion, smiling a little at the vociferous barking of his dog, Prince.

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch
British Dictionary definitions for vociferous


characterized by vehemence, clamour, or noisiness: vociferous protests
making an outcry or loud noises; clamorous: a vociferous mob
Derived Forms
vociferously, adverb
vociferousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vociferous

1610s, from Latin vociferari "to shout, yell," from vox (genitive vocis) "voice" + root of ferre "to carry" (see infer). Related: Vociferating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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