from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rude; rough; churlish; rustic; coarse: applied to persons.
  • Rough; fierce; savage.
  • Rough and massive; bulky; clumsy.
  • Coarse in texture; rough; stout; thick.
  • Loud; violent; boisterous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Rough or rude; coarse; strong; violent; boisterous; noisy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective obsolete coarse; strong; violent; boisterous; noisy


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  • "And when Sir Percivale came nigh the brim, and saw the water so boistous, he doubted to overpass it."

    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 10, 2009

  • I prithee, begone! Thou annoyeth us,

    Profaning these sanctified cloisters.

    A monk should be meek

    And hark more than speak

    But thou stealeth ale and are boistous.

    December 2, 2018