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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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Examples from the Web for raucously
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  • He laughed again, raucously, and turned his back to Sanderson, disappearing into the store.

    Square Deal Sanderson Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The noise broke in raucously upon that horrid gurgling sound without.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • The boisterousness was raucously profane—the general atmosphere was that of an unclean rookery.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • His nomination had his head up between the slats, and was crowing regularly and raucously.

  • He tooted it raucously, and then continued: "They say some of 'em can go like the wind."

  • A clape called at them raucously as he rapped out his warning on a dead limb beside the road.

  • Suddenly the men-crowded landing set up its cheer, and the steamers all whistled long and raucously.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • The occasional bleat of a belated automobile on the drive below came up to me raucously.

    When a Man Marries Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Upon that scene, the quiet of the room so raucously lacerated, burst Mr. Haas, too breathless for voice.

  • She was chatting vivaciously with Jimmy and Jimmy had been laughing as raucously as a jackal—and so they had passed him by.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for raucously

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 raucously
adjective

boisterous and disorderly

Word Origin

Latin raucus 'hoarse'

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Word Origin and History for raucously

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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