- harsh; strident; grating: raucous voices; raucous laughter.
- rowdy; disorderly: a raucous party.
Origin of raucous
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Examples from the Web for raucous
An hour-and-a-half of pure, raucous, profanity-fueled laughter: what a perfect edition of Fashion Police aired on E!Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'
September 20, 2014
Actually, the scene was so darned enthusiastic that it began to look a little like a raucous Walmart employee rally.Diane Sawyer's Swan Song: 'ABC World News' Anchor's Warm (and Long) Goodbye
August 28, 2014
Then 45 years old, Robert Foligny Broussard was a raucous and charismatic Democrat from New Iberia, Louisiana.Lake Bacon: The Story of The Man Who Wanted Us to Eat Mississippi Hippos
August 10, 2014
At first it was raucous, trembling with patriotism, a sea of seething yellow.Germany Humiliates World Cup Host Brazil 7-1 in Semifinal Slaughter
July 8, 2014
So raucous did the celebration get that City Tavern took the unusual step of sending along a bill for “breakage.”Life, Liberty, and the Founding Fathers’ Pursuit of Hoppiness
July 4, 2014
"Cottonton" was a mass of frantic arms, raucous voices, white faces.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
For a while, Oliver Symmes heard the raucous music of the crowd.Life Sentence
His voice was so deep and raucous that it seemed to jar the soles of her feet.The Nebuly Coat
John Meade Falkner
They roared the raucous song of freedom, and faster and faster they charged.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Cochran's voice rose above the clamor of the room in a raucous whoop.Terry
Charles Goff Thomson
- (of voices, cries, etc) harshly or hoarsely loud
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.