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
Middle English boistres, variant of boistous, rude, rough, perhaps from Old French boisteus, lame, limping, from boiste, knee joint.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Middle English boistous, from Anglo-Norman bustous ("rough"), perhaps from Old French boitous ("noisy") (Wiktionary)