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raucous

[raw-kuh s] /ˈrɔ kəs/
adjective
1.
harsh; strident; grating:
raucous voices; raucous laughter.
2.
rowdy; disorderly:
a raucous party.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Latin raucus hoarse, harsh, rough; see -ous
Related forms
raucously, adverb
raucousness, raucity
[raw-si-tee] /ˈrɔ sɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. rough, jarring, raspy.
Antonyms
1. soft, mellow, dulcet.
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  • People attended to pay homage, as well as savor its subtle and raucous narrative.
  • By then a raucous debate over the propriety of reporting on candidates' personal lives had already begun.
  • At night the riverbanks echo with the urgent thump of unseen drums and raucous singing.
  • The raucous hearing happened to be televised on a local station.
  • Now that raucous history-along with the group's blistering sound-is roaring back into the present.
  • Sure he is a third larger, but these two raucous cubs would have been a formidable match for him.
  • She sometimes unnerved her colleagues with her raucous sense of humor and her braying laugh.
  • The session had none of the raucous air of precinct meetings you see on cop shows.
  • They were screeching at the kids, and the kids were raucous.
  • When the defendants emerged, many in the crowd burst into raucous cheers.
British Dictionary definitions for raucous

raucous

/ˈrɔːkəs/
adjective
1.
(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
adjective

rough; hoarse

Word Origin

Latin raucus 'hoarse'

adjective

boisterous and disorderly

Word Origin

Latin raucus 'hoarse'

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Word Origin and History for raucous
adj.

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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