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English Dictionary: boisterous by the DICT Development Group
2 results for boisterous
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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"
    Synonym(s): boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious, unruly
  2. full of rough and exuberant animal spirits; "boisterous practical jokes"; "knockabout comedy"
    Synonym(s): boisterous, knockabout
  3. violently agitated and turbulent; "boisterous winds and waves"; "the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound; "rough weather"; "rough seas"
    Synonym(s): boisterous, fierce, rough
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.] [bd]Boisterous sword.[b8] [bd]Boisterous hand.[b8]
      2. Exhibiting tumultuous violence and fury; acting with noisy
            turbulence; violent; rough; stormy.
                     The waters swell before a boisterous storm. --Shak.
                     The brute and boisterous force of violent men.
      3. Noisy; rough; turbulent; as, boisterous mirth; boisterous
                     I like not that loud, boisterous man. --Addison.
      4. Vehement; excessive. [R.]
                     The heat becomes too powerful and boisterous for
                     them.                                                --Woodward.
      Syn: Loud; roaring; violent; stormy; turbulent; furious;
               tumultuous; noisy; impetuous; vehement.
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