raucous

adjective
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

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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 Raptors were primed to take down the defending champions before a raucous crowd ready to celebrate the franchise and country’s first NBA title. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Kevin Durant's legacy intact despite how he returns from major injury," 11 June 2019 The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3½ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd. Washington Post, "Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals," 11 June 2019 The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3½ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd. Brian Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Warriors lose Kevin Durant, but extend NBA Finals with a thrilling victory," 10 June 2019 The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3½ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd. Brian Mahoney, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals," 10 June 2019 The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3½ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al.com, "Tearful Warriors GM Bob Myers on Kevin Durant: ‘It’s an Achilles injury ... you can blame me’," 10 June 2019 The French got by easily with their four goals, and a raucous Parisian crowd left imagining what else was possible. Ashley Scoby, Pro Soccer USA, "France delights sellout crowd in Paris with 4-0 win over South Korea in World Cup opener," 9 June 2019 The New York art scene of the 1940s and ’50s was raucous, boozy, bohemian; the city was clearly displacing Paris as the center of the art world. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Business and Economics," 10 Dec. 2018 Alabama was not the first state to enact the oppressive legislature; early last week, Georgia's Governor Brian Kemp signed into effect a fetal heartbeat bill to the raucous applause of Republicans in the state. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Two Republican Politicians In Georgia Literally Fist-Bumped After Banning Abortion," 16 May 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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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 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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