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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 of raucous
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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  • "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

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

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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