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

Definition of raucous

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

Other Words from raucous

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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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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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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