- rough and noisy; noisily jolly or rowdy; clamorous; unrestrained: the sound of boisterous laughter.
- (of waves, weather, wind, etc.) rough and stormy.
- Obsolete. rough and massive.
Origin of boisterous
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Antonyms for boisterous
Related Words for boisterouslystrongly, seriously, vigorously, heavily, severely, angrily, briskly, brutally, cruelly, earnestly, energetically, fiercely, forcibly, frantically, furiously, intensely, madly, meanly, painfully, powerfully
Examples from the Web for boisterously
Historical Examples of boisterously
They all laughed, not boisterously, actually an appreciative laugh.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The latter was no sooner visible, than Rigaud rushed at him and embraced him boisterously.Little Dorrit
Sir Aaron Armstrong, as he boisterously explained, had no nerves.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
“Why, I ought to feel your pulse now, and not you mine,” he said boisterously.The Bag of Diamonds
George Manville Fenn
Dickens, as we all feel in reading his books, was boisterously English.What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
- noisy and lively; unrestrained or unruly
- (of the wind, sea, etc) turbulent or stormy
Word Origin for boisterous
late 15c., unexplained alteration of Middle English boistous (c.1300) "rough, coarse (as of food), clumsy, violent," of unknown origin, perhaps from Anglo-French bustous "rough (road)," which is perhaps from Old French boisteos "curved, lame; uneven, rough" (Modern French boiteux), itself of obscure origin. Another guess traces it via Celtic to Latin bestia. Used of persons from 1560s. Related: Boisterously; boisterousness.