[ raw-kuhs ]
/ 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 formsrau·cous·ly, adverbrau·cous·ness, rau·ci·ty [raw-si-tee] /ˈrɔ sɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for raucous


/ (ˈrɔːkəs) /


(of voices, cries, etc) harshly or hoarsely loud
Derived Formsraucously, adverbraucousness or rare raucity (ˈrɔːsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for raucous

C18: from Latin raucus hoarse
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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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