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From Middle English boistres, an alteration of Middle English boistous, from Anglo-Norman bustous (rough), perhaps from Old French boitous (noisy).


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɔɪstəɹəs/, /ˈbɔɪstɹəs/
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boisterous (comparative more boisterous, superlative most boisterous)

  1. Full of energy; exuberant; noisy.
  2. Characterized by violence and agitation; wild; stormy.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], 2nd edition, part 1, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene iv:
      ſtaggering like a quiuering Aſpen leafe,
      Fearing the force of Boreas boiſtrous blaſts.
    • 1842, [anonymous collaborator of Letitia Elizabeth Landon], chapter XLI, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 219:
      A new and elegant dress had been provided by Lady Anne for the second day, but it was of less costly material, and, by the same rule, considerably slighter; so that Fanchette suggested the idea of substituting a slip to make it equally warm, as the weather had set in cold and boisterous.
  3. Having or resembling animal exuberance.

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