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[raw-kuh s] /ˈrɔ kəs/
harsh; strident; grating:
raucous voices; raucous laughter.
rowdy; disorderly:
a raucous party.
Origin of raucous
1760-70; < Latin raucus hoarse, harsh, rough; see -ous
Related forms
raucously, adverb
raucousness, raucity
[raw-si-tee] /ˈrɔ sɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
1. rough, jarring, raspy.
1. soft, mellow, dulcet. Unabridged
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  • There are sounds which are musical, and others that are raucous and mere noise.

    Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt
  • "Cottonton" was a mass of frantic arms, raucous voices, white faces.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • And most vindictive and raucous was the infant voice that I heard saying, "Git up, you blasted lazy cart-'orse!"

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  • His voice was so deep and raucous that it seemed to jar the soles of her feet.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • "Line up, you blue devils," came Charlie de Soto's raucous cry.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for raucous


(of voices, cries, etc) harshly or hoarsely loud
Derived Forms
raucously, adverb
raucousness, (rare) raucity (ˈrɔːsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin raucus hoarse
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Contemporary definitions for raucous

boisterous and disorderly

Word Origin

Latin raucus 'hoarse''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for raucous

1769, from Latin raucus "hoarse" (also source of French rauque, Spanish ronco, Italian rauco), related to ravus "hoarse," from PIE echoic base *reu- "make hoarse cries" (cf. Sanskrit rayati "barks," ravati "roars;" Greek oryesthai "to howl, roar;" Latin racco "a roar;" Old Church Slavonic rjevo "I roar;" Lithuanian rekti "roar;" Old English rarian "to wail, bellow"). Middle English had rauc in the same sense, from the same source.

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