raucous

adjective
rau·cous | \ˈrȯ-kəs \

Definition of raucous 

1 : disagreeably harsh or strident : hoarse raucous voices

2 : boisterously disorderly a … raucous frontier town— Truman Capote

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Other Words from raucous

raucously adverb
raucousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for raucous

Synonyms

boisterous, knockabout, rambunctious, rollicking, rowdy

Antonyms

orderly

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loud, stentorian, earsplitting, raucous, strident mean marked by intensity or volume of sound. loud applies to any volume above normal and may suggest undue vehemence or obtrusiveness. loud shouts of protest stentorian implies great power and range. an actor with a stentorian voice earsplitting implies loudness that is physically discomforting. the earsplitting sound of a siren raucous implies a loud harsh grating tone, especially of voice, and may suggest rowdiness. the raucous shouts of drunken revelers strident implies a rasping discordant but insistent quality, especially of voice. the strident voices of hecklers

Examples of raucous in a Sentence

He stepped over one man, avoided a raucous group of inebriated merchant seamen staggering for their boats, ran up his steps into the large foyer … — James Clavell, Gai-Jin, 1994 The scene was reminiscent of a college fraternity reunion, with plenty of backslapping, joking, hugging and raucous laughter. — Lewis Beale, Chicago Tribune, 15 Feb. 1987 On the ledge of rock above this strange couple there stood three solemn buzzards, who, at the sight of the new comers uttered raucous screams of disappointment and flapped sullenly away. — Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, 1887 the partying neighbors kept up their raucous laughter half the night
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When player Kieran Trippier scored an early goal against Croatia in the first quarter, in fact, crowds of England fans erupted in raucous joy. Raisa Bruner, Time, "English Soccer Fans Already Wasted a Lot of of Beer Before Winning the World Cup Semifinals," 11 July 2018 Its penalty takers lacked experience of major tournaments — though none of the penalty takers had been involved in any of those shootout losses — and had to stare down a stand packed with raucous Colombian fans. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Pickford the hero as England’s penalty curse ends," 3 July 2018 The film is wild and raucous and bloody and fun, just like the riding was then. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The Newest Adventure Movies You Can Watch Right Now," 12 July 2018 Warren punched back at Trump on twitter shortly after the conclusion of a raucous and wide-ranging more than hour long speech primarily intended to boost Republican Matt Rosendale's hopes of unseating Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Trump challenges 'Pocahontas' Warren to DNA test to prove she's Native American," 6 July 2018 Much of this might seem the amusing backwash of a raucous democracy, but competing claims of patriotism are helping wedge America apart. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 The crowd was raucous and the intensity was palpable. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "TJ Malone nets OT winner as Haverford School seals Inter-Ac title," 11 May 2018 On Wednesday during a raucous rally in North Dakota, the president recapped his momentous week and so much more. Fox News, "Gorka, Hollman preview Trump's upcoming summit with Putin," 30 June 2018 Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello, both of whom were in their feet the entire song, even head-banging during the more raucous moments of the song. Mark Gray, PEOPLE.com, "Nonstop BTS Chants, J. Lo's Fake Cash: What You Didn't See on TV at the Billboard Music Awards," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of raucous

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raucous

Latin raucus hoarse; akin to Latin ravis hoarseness

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raucous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of raucous

: loud and unpleasant to listen to

: behaving in a very rough and noisy way

raucous

adjective
rau·cous | \ˈrȯ-kəs \

Kids Definition of raucous

1 : loud and harsh raucous laughter

2 : behaving in a rough and noisy way a raucous crowd

Other Words from raucous

raucously adverb

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