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BOUSTEROUS, BOWSTEROUS, BOUSTROUS, adj. Boisterous, fierce; rowdy. Given in N.E.D. as obs. form of boisterous s.v. boustrous. Known to Mry.1 1925; also to Cai.7, Bnff.2, Abd.22, Fif.10, Kcb.9 1935. [′bʌust (ə)rəs] Abd.(D) 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 44–45:
H. Sic a time o' win' it's been! M. Nyod, ay; it his been fell bowsterous fyles.
Ags. 1920  A. Gray Songs, etc., from Heine 29:
For ilka day you lippen Yoursel' to the bousterous sea.
Rxb. 1859  J. Watson Living Bards of the Borders 108:
Ane boustrous crewe.

Hence boustrously, boustrouslie, adv., “boisterously“ (Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add. s.v. boustrously); fiercely, roughly. Sc. 1904  Erlinton in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 8A* xiii.:
Up than bespak the niest foremost knight, I trow he spak right boustrouslie.

[For interchange of [ɔi] and [ʌu], cf. Boyne and Bowen, Bloister and Blouster, etc.]

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