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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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Kuwait is the most open of the Gulf states, with a raucous parliament and vibrant print media; all the same, last year Kuwaiti intellectuals started leaking memos from the information ministry, which make for darkly funny reading. The Economist, "The unlikely rise of book fairs in the Gulf," 4 July 2019 The raucous freeway gathering happened over the weekend. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "'We on the Lodge wit it' T-shirts are latest spin on viral Detroit video," 3 July 2019 This was supposed to be when a raucous home crowd in the capital’s grand cathedral of soccer empowered this team with the mental strength that has so often left them short against less skilled opponents. Jonathan Tannenwald, Pro Soccer USA, "France laments painful World Cup loss to U.S. on its home soil," 29 June 2019 Despite the faint air of melancholy, a raucous good time was had during the two-hour show. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Whale Fat Follies’ launches final run with a hint of wistfulness and signature raucous humor," 28 June 2019 People in the waiting room would hear muffled guffaws and raucous laughter seeping from the examination room and be left wondering what the hell was going on. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Gerry Doyle healed more than bodies. He healed souls," 27 June 2019 Officials in Cleveland are concerned the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade — which draws massive, raucous Downtown crowds — will dampen turnout and pose logistical problems for elections officials. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "State revenues look strong as budget negotiations continue: Capitol Letter," 26 June 2019 And the sometimes raucous gatherings of African American teens near the harbor have sparked conflict between those who see bored youth being racially profiled and others who see a threat. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Reimagining Harborplace: What do people want from Baltimore's iconic waterfront?," 26 June 2019 Laughter sometimes set it off, especially raucous guffaws that the detector apparently mistook for belligerent shouts. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students," 25 June 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

Other Words from raucous

raucously adverb

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