Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Rough and stormy; violent.
  • adj. Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline. See Synonyms at vociferous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of energy; exuberant; noisy.
  • adj. Characterized by violence and agitation; wild; stormy.
  • adj. Having or resembling animal exuberance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rough or rude; unbending; unyielding; strong; powerful.
  • adj. Exhibiting tumultuous violence and fury; acting with noisy turbulence; violent; rough; stormy.
  • adj. Noisy; rough; turbulent.
  • adj. Vehement; excessive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rough; coarse; stout; stiff.
  • Rough and massive; bulky; cumbrous; clumsy.
  • Rough in operation or action; violent; vehement.
  • Rough and stormy: applied to the weather, the waves, etc.
  • Exposed to the turbulence of the elements: as, a boisterous headland; a boisterous passage.
  • Fierce; savage; truculent; full of violence: as, boisterous war.
  • Turbulent; rough and noisy; clamorous: applied to persons or their actions: as, a boisterous man; boisterous merriment; a boisterous game.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
  • adj. noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
  • adj. violently agitated and turbulent

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English boistres, variant of boistous, rude, rough, perhaps from Old French boisteus, lame, limping, from boiste, knee joint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

from Middle English boistous, from Anglo-Norman bustous ("rough"), perhaps from Old French boitous ("noisy")

Examples

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  • See love comments

    March 26, 2012

  • Gotcha. It's clear to me now. Thanks.

    March 16, 2011

  • oysters

    Also not edible in my opinion.

    March 15, 2011

  • In what way does this word sound edible? (See mollusque's list Not Edible.)

    March 15, 2011

  • Bett's big and boisterous bunyuns bugged the bajeebers out of Bill.

    January 11, 2007