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boisterous

Postby drsved » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:01 pm

Any idea on where this comes from?
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Re: boisterous

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:12 am

I have no idea of the etymology of this word and www.Etymonline.com gives little help.
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Re: boisterous

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:31 pm

Here's the full treatment:

boisterous (adj.)
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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