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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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  • "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 James McConnell
  • 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
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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