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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOISTEROUSNESS

There is boisterousness, to be sure, but less cruelty, and far less profanity.

Let your greeting of acquaintances be free from boisterousness and familiarity.

Possibly they are attracted and entertained by the boisterousness of the crows.

It is good humor and boisterousness and the jollity of the Fair time.

The boisterousness was gone; there was almost a new timidity about her.

It was not his practice to be boisterous for the sake of boisterousness.

But there was no noise or boisterousness, no singing or whistling.

At this all the greater was their merriment and boisterousness.

For boisterousness is only a degenerate exuberance, drunk and on the rampage.

During the rest of the day he was very quiet and sat gazing before him His boisterousness had vanished.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., unexplained alteration of Middle English boistous (c.1300) "rough, coarse (as of food), clumsy, violent," of unknown origin, perhaps from Anglo-French bustous "rough (road)," which is perhaps from Old French boisteos "curved, lame; uneven, rough" (Modern French boiteux), itself of obscure origin. Another guess traces it via Celtic to Latin bestia. Used of persons from 1560s. Related: Boisterously; boisterousness.

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