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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 Subsequent news coverage focused on the location of the tragedy — an Airbnb rental known for raucous parties in a sleepy neighborhood — and raised questions as to what the company will do to prevent similar incidents. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "A perspective on Orinda: Death, gun violence and generational trauma," 7 Nov. 2019 Los Angeles Football Club beat the LA Galaxy 5-3 to advance to the Western Conference Final of the MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday in front of a raucous home crowd who chanted and banged drums well beyond the final whistle. Motez Bishara, CNN, "LAFC beats LA Galaxy as crosstown rivalry takes on new highs," 25 Oct. 2019 In the 1990s, the property became notorious for hosting raucous parties, the profits from which reportedly helped the family hold onto it in a time when nearly all the other Gilded Age estates had been donated for public use. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lawrence's Rumored Wedding Venue Has a Shocking — Sometimes Spooky — History," 17 Oct. 2019 When Patrick throws a raucous party one night, the police break it up, interrupting his attempt to rape a drunk young woman. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Patrick': Film Review | San Sebastian 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 In the video, a bored and unimpressed Cyrus wanders through a house as a raucous party unfolds around her. Neha Prakash, Glamour, "People Think Miley Cyrus's New Music Video Is Filled With Nods to Liam Hemsworth," 7 Sep. 2019 Join the party during Colombia’s vibrant Carnival The Carnival of Barranquilla is both a raucous pre-Lent party and a multicultural celebration of the indigenous, European, and African roots of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 In Key West, an island town in Florida known for its pirate origins, raucous parties, and as the home of Ernest Hemingway’s cats, there’s an eco-revolution going on. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Trip to Key West," 17 June 2019 Most of the blame belongs to a raucous Raiders crowd at the Coliseum celebrating their team’s 24-16 victory over the Broncos while unleashing their fury on Brown, who begged his way out of town. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Raiders fans roast Antonio Brown, then ‘the anti-AB’ keys win on MNF," 10 Sep. 2019

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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 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

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raucously adverb

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