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

  • adj. Making, given to, or marked by noisy and vehement outcry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Making or characterized by a noisy outcry; clamorous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making an outcry; clamorous; noisy: as, a vociferous partizan.

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

  • adj. conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry


Latin vociferari ("shout, yell"), from vox ("voice") + ferre ("to carry") (see infer). Surface analysis is voice +‎ -iferous. (Wiktionary)



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  • conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

    In giving Marcia a particular vociferous response, Paul caused people at every other table in the restaurant to turn around and look at them angrily.

    October 15, 2016

  • "Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry. a vociferous mob"

    August 13, 2007

  • Vociferous derives from Latin vociferari, "to shout, to cry out" from vox, "voice" + ferre, "to carry."

    Guess what that makes me sing? 'Hush, hush, keep it down, down. Voices carry.'

    March 26, 2007