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


boisterous, hell-raising, knockabout, rambunctious, robustious, roisterous, rollicking, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]



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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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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a raucous, smart, self-referential adventure. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018 Before the annual festivities got underway, Behati Prinsloo, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, and Martha Hunt headed to New York establishment the Plaza Hotel for a raucous sleepover. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The Victoria’s Secret Angels Took Over the Plaza Hotel for an Epic Pre-Show Sleepover," 21 Nov. 2018 The villagers invited us to join them for dinner, which turned out to be a raucous, improvised potluck. David Amsden, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Bespoke River Cruise Through the Golden Triangle," 19 Nov. 2018 The president just wrapping up a raucous rally in Indiana in Evansville. Fox News, "Kevin McCarthy leads charge against social media censorship," 30 Aug. 2018 After a raucous Season 1, CBS dropped a first glimpse into the forthcoming Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery last Friday at San Diego Comic-Con International. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 trailer will resonate with TOS fans," 24 July 2018 Hey, no wedding is complete without some raucous chair-mounting. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jack Brooksbank and Prince Andrew's Wedding Speeches to Princess Eugenie Sound So Emotional," 13 Oct. 2018 Kylie Jenner's 21st birthday party is the celebration that can't stop, won't stop—and after a raucous bash at L.A. hotspot Delilah on Thursday night (leaving a very hungover Kim Kardashian in its wake), the festivities moved on to Las Vegas. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Here's Every Single Outfit Kylie Jenner Wore for Her 21st Birthday Week," 12 Aug. 2018 Few occasions generate as much trash along the region’s beaches as Independence Day, one of the most raucous nights of the year for surf-side parties. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Surfrider, volunteers prepare for post-Fourth of July beach cleanup," 3 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of raucous

: loud and unpleasant to listen to

: behaving in a very rough and noisy way


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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someone who never drinks alcohol

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