adjective rau·cous \ ˈrȯ-kəs \
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of raucous

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





Examples of raucous in a Sentence

  1. 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 ClavellGai-Jin1994
  2. The scene was reminiscent of a college fraternity reunion, with plenty of backslapping, joking, hugging and raucous laughter. —Lewis BealeChicago Tribune15 Feb. 1987
  3. 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 DoyleA Study in Scarlet1887
  4. the partying neighbors kept up their raucous laughter half the night

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Origin and Etymology of raucous

Latin raucus hoarse; akin to Latin ravis hoarseness

Synonym Discussion of raucous

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

RAUCOUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of raucous for English Language Learners

  • : loud and unpleasant to listen to

  • : behaving in a very rough and noisy way

RAUCOUS Defined for Kids


adjective rau·cous \ ˈrȯ-kəs \

Definition of raucous for Students

1 : loud and harsh
  • raucous laughter
2 : behaving in a rough and noisy way
  • a raucous crowd



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