Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A box.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A box.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box; especially, a box for holding ointment.
  • n. A rude hut, such as those erected along the line of a railway for the temporary use of laborers: called in the United States a shanty.

Etymologies

Old French boiste, French boîte, from the same root as English box. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the last battle between Arthur and Mordred 'boist'rous bangs with thumping thwacks fall thick', while the younger leader rages over the field 'all fury-like, frounc'd up with frantic frets'.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • The next day, after another test, she calls back: I thought my stomach would boist from all that water.

    Tessie and Pearlie

  • "Well, dis guy, he gits to de door, an 'opens it, an' I'm just gittin 'ready fer one sudden boist of speed, when dere jumps out from de room on de odder side de passage -- you know de room -- anodder guy, an' gits de rapid strangleholt on de foist mug.

    The Intrusion of Jimmy

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