[ boi-ster-uhs, -struhs ]
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  1. rough and noisy; noisily jolly or rowdy; clamorous; unrestrained: the sound of boisterous laughter.

  2. (of waves, weather, wind, etc.) rough and stormy.

  1. Obsolete. rough and massive.

Origin of boisterous

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English boistrous, variant of Middle English boistous “crude, fierce, gross, strong”; of obscure origin; possibly from Old French boisteus “lame,” from boist(e) “box,” also “cavity containing an organ, cavity in a bone” (ultimately from Late Latin buxis; see box1 ) + -eus -eous

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Other words from boisterous

  • bois·ter·ous·ly, adverb
  • bois·ter·ous·ness, noun
  • un·bois·ter·ous, adjective
  • un·bois·ter·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·bois·ter·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use boisterous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for boisterous


/ (ˈbɔɪstərəs, -strəs) /

  1. noisy and lively; unrestrained or unruly

  2. (of the wind, sea, etc) turbulent or stormy

Origin of boisterous

C13 boistuous, of unknown origin

Derived forms of boisterous

  • boisterously, adverb
  • boisterousness, noun

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