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. [1913 Webster]

2. Exhibiting tumultuous violence and fury; acting with noisy turbulence; violent; rough; stormy. [1913 Webster]

The waters swell before a boisterous storm. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The brute and boisterous force of violent men. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Noisy; rough; turbulent; as, boisterous mirth; boisterous behavior. [1913 Webster]

I like not that loud, boisterous man. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. Vehement; excessive. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The heat becomes too powerful and boisterous for them. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Loud; roaring; violent; stormy; turbulent; furious; tumultuous; noisy; impetuous; vehement. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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