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3 definitions found for boisterous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Boisterous \Bois"ter*ous\, a. [OE. boistous; of uncertain origin; cf. W. bwyst wild, savage, wildness, ferocity, bwystus ferocious.] 1. Rough or rude; unbending; unyielding; strong; powerful. [Obs.] "Boisterous sword." "Boisterous hand." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Exhibiting tumultuous violence and fury; acting with noisy turbulence; violent; rough; stormy. [1913 Webster] The waters swell before a boisterous storm. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The brute and boisterous force of violent men. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Noisy; rough; turbulent; as, boisterous mirth; boisterous behavior. [1913 Webster] I like not that loud, boisterous man. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. Vehement; excessive. [R.] [1913 Webster] The heat becomes too powerful and boisterous for them. --Woodward. [1913 Webster] Syn: Loud; roaring; violent; stormy; turbulent; furious; tumultuous; noisy; impetuous; vehement. [1913 Webster]From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
boisterous adj 1: noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline; "a boisterous crowd"; "a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand"; "a robustious group of teenagers"; "beneath the rumbustious surface of his paintings is sympathy for the vulnerability of ordinary human beings"; "an unruly class" [syn: boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious, unruly] 2: full of rough and exuberant animal spirits; "boisterous practical jokes"; "knockabout comedy" [syn: boisterous, knockabout] 3: violently agitated and turbulent; "boisterous winds and waves"; "the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound; "rough weather"; "rough seas" [syn: boisterous, fierce, rough]From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
64 Moby Thesaurus words for "boisterous": blaring, blatant, blatting, blustering, blusterous, blustery, brassy, brawling, brazen, bullying, clamant, clamorous, clamoursome, clanging, clangorous, clattery, disorderly, exuberant, harum-scarum, hectoring, knock-down-and-drag-out, knockabout, lively, loudmouthed, mafficking, multivocal, noiseful, noisy, obstreperous, openmouthed, rackety, raging, rambunctious, rampageous, ranting, raucous, raving, riotous, rip-roaring, roistering, roisterous, rollicking, rough, rough-and-tumble, rowdy, rowdyish, storming, stormy, strepitant, strepitous, strident, swaggering, swashbuckling, swashing, tempestuous, termagant, tumultuous, turbulent, undisciplined, unruly, uproarious, vociferant, vociferous, wild