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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

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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 The Kings have talent, a raucous fan base, and a sparkling new arena but have yet to harness any of those assets into success. BostonGlobe.com, "Who will emerge as the top dog in the NBA’s Eastern Conference? There’s no easy answer," 1 May 2021 The outdoorsy-theme restaurant, located in the Marina Triangle, infamous pre-pandemic for its raucous bars, will stay open until midnight on weekends. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, "A new Marina restaurant from the Westwood team is priming itself for brunch and late-night crowds," 30 Apr. 2021 His speechwriter Vinay Reddy and longtime strategist Mike Donilon didn’t leave breadcrumbs for raucous Pavlovian responses. Philip Elliott, Time, "Biden Reaches the Summit of American Power in a Way Never Imagined," 29 Apr. 2021 White’s warning about the intoxicating potential of politics came at a turning point, just as the raucous politics of the 1800s were sobering up into the more temperate style of 20th-century America. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, "19th-Century America’s Partisan Warfare," 27 Apr. 2021 The only thing missing was a raucous student section that normally would have been on hand for the visiting team. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, "‘Words don’t really do it justice’: Evan Brown scores winning touchdown as Oswego slips past Minooka to win conference title," 24 Apr. 2021 The clapping gave way to raucous cheers as Ingenuity’s chief pilot, Håvard Grip, announced that the altimeter data confirmed the experimental craft had indeed taken to the air. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Ingenuity, NASA’s helicopter that could, soars over Mars," 19 Apr. 2021 Exploria Stadium, traditionally roaring and raucous, seemed more like a dead, depressing rock concert with the amps unplugged. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City fans can sense the pandemic is nearly over | Commentary," 18 Apr. 2021 Portland and Multnomah County officials on Wednesday decried the vandalism seen over the previous two nights, when crowds gathered for raucous demonstrations over the fatal police shooting of a Black man in Minnesota. oregonlive, "Portland, Multnomah County officials decry vandalism after 2 protests declared riots," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of raucous was in 1769

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3 May 2021

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“Raucous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raucous. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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