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

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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The larger of two images is a black-and-white, overhead shot of a throng of raucous, happy, young black people, probably at a Michael Jackson concert. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: Photographer Todd Gray traces African roots," 9 July 2018 Stumping this morning in Columbus, Mississippi ahead of tomorrow's Magnolia State primary, Obama told a raucous, applauding crowd that he's bewildered by Clinton's second-fiddle suggestion. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 As time progressed, Panton’s interiors became more lively and raucous. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Inside the maximalist, kaleidoscopic interiors of Verner Panton," 4 Sep. 2018 There was cheering, dancing, and raucous celebrating that filled the streets of the French capitol for hours. Melissa Locker, Time, "France Goes Wild In the Streets After Their World Cup Win," 11 July 2018 Sleek Milas has Emirati dishes like mbahar deyay (chicken in a spicy cream sauce), and raucous Ravi's restaurant does down-scale but delicious Pakistani biryanis. John Wogan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dubai: The Layover Hub That’s Truly Worth Sticking Around For," 28 Mar. 2018 The group cleaves to improvisation, allowing its deeply interactive attack to direct its proceedings even when employing loose structural devices, moving easily between raucous, abrasive free jazz and cool, harnessed sound sculpture. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Improvising trio Bowlcut shares its interactive acumen on its promising new album, Semaphore," 16 Mar. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of raucous was in 1769

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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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