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Definition of raucous

1 : disagreeably harsh or strident : hoarse raucous voices
2 : boisterously disorderly a … raucous frontier town— Truman Capote

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raucously adverb
raucousness noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Dirty Nil makes raucous guitar music that explores the space between speedy, bratty skate punk and slower, more methodically noisy rock acts like Nirvana. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "25 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks," 4 Jan. 2021 Here are the highlights from their raucous New Year's countdown. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Anderson Cooper Got Drunk on National TV for New Year's Eve—Here Are Twitter's Favorite Moments," 1 Jan. 2021 That takes away one of college basketball’s most raucous and intimidating environments. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Breaking down Michigan State basketball's schedule: Tough tests, favorable Big Ten slate," 21 Nov. 2020 The night of Simchat Torah is usually one of the most raucous of the Jewish year. Meir Soloveichik, WSJ, "A Former Catholic Dances With the Torah," 8 Oct. 2020 It was supposed to be a raucous and packed Assumption gym, occupied by a normally rowdy student section. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "'It felt like a practice to me': Mercy takes down Assumption in strange 2020 season opener," 9 Sep. 2020 One reason is that Trump’s raucous rallies and the ubiquity of his campaign signage in swathes of rural and exurban America is testament to his fervent following among the Republican base. Laura Litvan, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Hold on GOP Means Few Are Disputing His Election Claims," 6 Nov. 2020 Much of the recording was done in the fall, just months after Puerto Rico’s most tumultuous time in recent memory, when two weeks of raucous street protests forced the resignation of the governor. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "Rita Indiana’s Songs for the Apocalypse," 19 Oct. 2020 But police say the raucous parties have become dangerous for another reason, as precursors to street racing. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s street racing now fueled by parties and social media — but most charges in an ambitious police crackdown were tossed," 27 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Raucous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raucous. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce raucous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of raucous

: loud and unpleasant to listen to
: behaving in a very rough and noisy way


rau·​cous | \ ˈrȯ-kəs How to pronounce raucous (audio) \

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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