[boi-ster-uhs, -struhs]
rough and noisy; noisily jolly or rowdy; clamorous; unrestrained: the sound of boisterous laughter.
(of waves, weather, wind, etc.) rough and stormy.
Obsolete. rough and massive.

1425–75; late Middle English boistrous, variant of Middle English boistous crude, strong, fierce, gross; of obscure origin

boisterously, adverb
boisterousness, noun
unboisterous, adjective
unboisterously, adverb
unboisterousness, noun

1. uproarious, obstreperous, roistering, loud, vociferous, impetuous. 1, 2. tempestuous, tumultuous, turbulent, violent, wild.

1, 2. calm, serene. Unabridged
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boisterous (ˈbɔɪstərəs, -strəs)
1.  noisy and lively; unrestrained or unruly
2.  (of the wind, sea, etc) turbulent or stormy
[C13 boistuous, of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., unexplained alteration of M.E. boistous (c.1300) "rough, coarse (as of food), clumsy, violent," of unknown origin, perhaps from Anglo-Fr. bustous "rough (road)," which is perhaps from O.Fr. boisteos "curved, lame; uneven, rough" (Mod.Fr. boiteux), itself of obscure origin. Another guess traces
it via Celtic to L. bestia. Used of persons from 1560s.
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Example sentences
This boisterous book will have readers wincing and giggling by turns.
The performance was rewarded with a boisterous ovation.
His private dream is to act, but no one in his boisterous family has any idea.
He belts out another hoarse, boisterous cackle.
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