• WordNet 3.6
    • adj boisterous violently agitated and turbulent "boisterous winds and waves","the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound","rough weather","rough seas"
    • adj boisterous 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"
    • adj boisterous full of rough and exuberant animal spirits "boisterous practical jokes","knockabout comedy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Boisterous Exhibiting tumultuous violence and fury; acting with noisy turbulence; violent; rough; stormy. "The waters swell before a boisterous storm.""The brute and boisterous force of violent men."
    • Boisterous Noisy; rough; turbulent; as, boisterous mirth; boisterous behavior. "I like not that loud, boisterous man."
    • Boisterous Rough or rude; unbending; unyielding; strong; powerful. "Boisterous Boisterous hand."
    • Boisterous Vehement; excessive. "The heat becomes too powerful and boisterous for them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • boisterous Rough; coarse; stout; stiff.
    • boisterous Rough and massive; bulky; cumbrous; clumsy.
    • boisterous Rough in operation or action; violent; vehement.
    • boisterous Rough and stormy: applied to the weather, the waves, etc.
    • boisterous Exposed to the turbulence of the elements: as, a boisterous headland; a boisterous passage.
    • boisterous Fierce; savage; truculent; full of violence: as, boisterous war.
    • boisterous Turbulent; rough and noisy; clamorous: applied to persons or their actions: as, a boisterous man; boisterous merriment; a boisterous game.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Boisterous bois′tėr-us wild: noisy: turbulent: stormy
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  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. boistous,; of uncertain origin; cf. W. bwyst, wild, savage, wildness, ferocity, bwystus, ferocious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. boistous, approximating, but not in sense, to the O. Fr. boisteus, whence modern boiteux, lame. The Celtic words throw no light upon its origin.


In literature:

I was wild and full of boisterous spirits a boy of only six years old, but with the perseverance and will of one of ten.
"O. T." by Hans Christian Andersen
Gay and boisterous was the wassail; and lively song, long neglected in England, woke, as it wakes ever, at the breath of Joy and Fame.
"Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Yet he is a queer representative to be sent from brawling and boisterous America at such a critical period.
"Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 1" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
At the same moment a voice was heard talking and laughing boisterously in the hall.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
Then he was boisterous, and his conversation not pleasant.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
There was a good deal of pushing and laughter and boisterous good-humour.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
Merry and boisterous enough, for all the evil times it stirs among.
"Frenzied Fiction" by Stephen Leacock
For these are coasts of quiet nights and boisterous days.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
The answer I received was a boisterous laugh, as if the idea was too absurd to be entertained.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
He received the doctor with a boisterous laugh.
"Through the Fray" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

And with those pretty little dears
He mixed himself all up--
Oh, fie upon such boisterous play--
Fie, fie, you naughty pup!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
We thank you that in morning-dawn
Your woman's tact and aid were drawn
Our boisterous youthful art to guide!
"Mrs. Louise Brun" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
When boisterous storms of trials shriek,
And when worries howl at me,
I will drown their noises, loudly chanting:
God! God! God!
"God! God! God!" by Paramahansa Yogananda
The boisterous wind had died away,
Across the hills the sky was red,
When joyfully that summer day,
I made my boat a simple bed.
"Night On The River" by R S Ward
So this is why the blossoms fall
And leaves oft times looked creased;
The boisterous brothers do it all,
The merry North and East.
"Why Blossoms Fall" by Alma Frances McCollum
I love a storm in early May
When springtime's boisterous, firstborn thunder
Over the sky will gaily wander
And growl and roar as though in play.
"Spring Storm" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

In news:

Each step across the hotel lobby led us closer and closer to the sound of a singer's boisterous voice.
They are calling out boisterously, raising their hands eagerly, clamoring to answer questions.
NJ's most successful high school coaches chime in on Jets coach Rex Ryan's boisterous style.
With three kids crammed into a small apartment in the boisterous Liberty Square housing project, rest didn't always come easily to Natasha Moore and Phillip Arthur.
Photography by M. If you like your web series absurd and boisterous, It Gets Betterish has your number.
A Tacoma family will appear on TV game show "Family Feud" on Thursday, thanks to their naturally boisterous personalities.
The new " Footloose " is a boisterous, almost scene-for-scene remake of the 1984 jukebox-musical-dance hit.
Those boisterous, larger-than-life stars of How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night.
VIKINGS LINEBACKER Chad Greenway wants Minnesota fans to be loud, boisterous and "super-duper drunk" at Sunday's NFC North clash against the visiting Bears.
They were renowned for their boisterous showmanship.
Boisterous Repeats in Red Smith Handicap .
A long-simmering controversy about which parents can have a voice at Los Angeles Unified's Title I schools erupted Tuesday, with boisterous critics accusing a district administrator of bullying and discriminatory tactics.
He is a boisterous little guy and looks forward to getting his fresh timothy hay every day.
Meat Loaf endorses Mitt Romney at boisterous Ohio rally.
Fall session left MPs bruised and boisterous.