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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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Other Words from raucous

raucously adverb
raucousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for raucous


boisterous, hell-raising, knockabout, rambunctious, robustious, roisterous, rollicking, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]



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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 next several months, as the nation awaits Mr. Mandelblit’s decision on an indictment, are likely to be raucous, with zero-sum politics taken to a new level. New York Times, "In Netanyahu’s Israel, the Divisiveness Is Now All About Him," 15 Feb. 2018 Friends and admirers like Mickalene Thomas, Jack Shainman, and KAWS gave Cave a raucous applause, recognizing him as one of the top artists of our time. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Brooklyn Artists Ball Was a Frida Kahlo–Inspired Fiesta," 17 Apr. 2019 In addition, the school’s drama department director, Melody Herzfeld, who was honored with the excellence in theater education award, gave a speech that also elicited raucous applause. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Tony Awards: Parkland students’ emotional performance brings audience to its feet," 11 June 2018 In their last trip to Spokane, rowdy GU fans created a raucous atmosphere that rattled the Huskies who didn’t put up much of a fight during a 98-71 defeat. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "UW Huskies need their “A” game to snap 7-game losing streak at No. 1 Gonzaga," 5 Dec. 2018 Moments later, raucous laughter permeates the wall into the coach's office. Shawn Smajstrla, star-telegram, "Diamond Hill-Jarvis soccer excels in a place known for athletic futility | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 After updating the audience on the latest developments in peace negotiations with the government, rebels took turns at the mic taunting each other with rhyming ditties that were met with raucous laughter and applause. Maximo Anderson, Bloomberg.com, "In Colombia, Marxist Rebels Hold the Oil Industry Hostage," 10 Jan. 2018 The larger of two images is a black-and-white, overhead shot of a throng of raucous, happy, young black people, probably at a Michael Jackson concert. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: Photographer Todd Gray traces African roots," 9 July 2018 Stumping this morning in Columbus, Mississippi ahead of tomorrow's Magnolia State primary, Obama told a raucous, applauding crowd that he's bewildered by Clinton's second-fiddle suggestion. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018

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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

Other Words from raucous

raucously adverb

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