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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.
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     2. Exhibiting tumultuous violence and fury; acting with noisy
        turbulence; violent; rough; stormy.
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              The waters swell before a boisterous storm. --Shak.
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              The brute and boisterous force of violent men.
                                                    --Milton.
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     3. Noisy; rough; turbulent; as, boisterous mirth; boisterous
        behavior.
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              I like not that loud, boisterous man. --Addison.
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     4. Vehement; excessive. [R.]
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              The heat becomes too powerful and boisterous for
              them.                                 --Woodward.
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     Syn: Loud; roaring; violent; stormy; turbulent; furious;
          tumultuous; noisy; impetuous; vehement.
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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
  
  

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