raucous

[raw-kuhs]
adjective
1.
harsh; strident; grating: raucous voices; raucous laughter.
2.
rowdy; disorderly: a raucous party.

Origin:
1760–70; < Latin raucus hoarse, harsh, rough; see -ous

raucously, adverb
raucousness, raucity [raw-si-tee] , noun


1. rough, jarring, raspy.


1. soft, mellow, dulcet.
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raucous (ˈrɔːkəs)
 
adj
(of voices, cries, etc) harshly or hoarsely loud
 
[C18: from Latin raucus hoarse]
 
'raucously
 
adv
 
'raucousness
 
n
 
raucity
 
n

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Main Entry:  raucous1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  rough; hoarse
Etymology:  Latin raucus 'hoarse'
Main Entry:  raucous2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  boisterous and disorderly
Etymology:  Latin raucus 'hoarse'
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Word Origin & History

raucous
1769, from L. raucus "hoarse," related to ravus "hoarse," from PIE echoic base *reu- "make hoarse cries" (cf. Skt. rayati "barks," ravati "roars;" Gk. oryesthai "to howl, roar;" L. racco "a roar;" O.C.S. rjevo "I roar;" Lith. rekti "roar;" O.E. rarian "to wail, bellow"). M.E. had rauc, in the same sense,
from the same source.
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Example sentences
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.
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