Here, I am trying to find an adjective to describe a (relatively poor) person who is open but attracts a lot of attention (not attention-seeking though). As an example, I found this video.

I’ve thought of exuberant but I feel that it reflects energy and excitement in youth rather than the kind of personality you might find in the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

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The adjective boisterous might well answer. OED offers “Abounding in rough but good-natured activity bordering upon excess, such as proceeds from unchecked exuberance of spirits”; Merriam-Webster makes it “very noisy and active in a lively way.”

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    I think that boisterous was the word I was looking for since it has connotations of noise.
    – Turbo
    Jan 25, 2015 at 22:29

Rambunctious is a relatively new North American expression that parallels boisterous:


  1. difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous:

  2. turbulently active and noisy:


Another possibility is ebullient:

ebullience - Vocabulary.com

Bubbly, loud, and enthusiastic: ebullience means "the quality of being cheerful and full of energy."


exuberant, buoyant, cheerful, joyful, cheery, merry, sunny, breezy, jaunty, light-hearted, in high spirits, high-spirited, exhilarated, elated, euphoric, jubilant, animated, sparkling, effervescent, vivacious, enthusiastic, irrepressible

[Google Dictionary as was]


I would describe the way the woman in the video expresses herself as emphatic:

  • speaking or acting in a forceful way.

  • forceful and definite in expression or action.

(from W-W)

  • Although the woman does speak forcefully, I could describe, say David Cameron or Barack Obama as speaking forcefully. But still, a great additional adjective to consider +1
    – Turbo
    Jan 25, 2015 at 22:30

You can say the woman is

  • "rumbustious" ("Uncontrollably exuberant" - TFD)
  • "rumbustiously outspoken"
  • "rumbustiously spontaneous"

Brian Donovan's answer, "boisterous", is a single word and fits better what you are looking for, though.

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