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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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Examples from the web for raucous
  • 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


(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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