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

Synonyms for raucous

1. rough, jarring, raspy.

Antonyms for raucous

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Contemporary Examples of raucous

Historical Examples of raucous

  • "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.


    Charles Goff Thomson

British Dictionary definitions for raucous



(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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