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

  • The boisterousness was raucously profane—the general atmosphere was that of an unclean rookery.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • 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
  • The noise broke in raucously upon that horrid gurgling sound without.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • Suddenly the men-crowded landing set up its cheer, and the steamers all whistled long and raucously.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • His nomination had his head up between the slats, and was crowing regularly and raucously.

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

    Square Deal Sanderson

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for raucously


(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

boisterous and disorderly

Word Origin

Latin raucus 'hoarse''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for raucously



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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