Definition of raucous in English:



  • Making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.

    ‘raucous youths’
    • ‘They ended their set by standing on their amps and jumped off them while playing one loud raucous power chord.’
    • ‘It's a big, bad, wonderful city - loud, raucous, and nasty, but it's also kind and dear.’
    • ‘But the younger sister was an actress even then; loud, raucous and playing to the crowd.’
    • ‘I am going to close my window to shut out the noise of raucous laughter coming from across the channel.’
    • ‘She threw the keys back and forth, causing them to fill the air with raucous noise.’
    • ‘Yet as soon as the young are hatched out, the bird loses its beautiful voice and schools its young with a harsh, raucous call.’
    • ‘It was noisy, it was raucous, but at no time was there any trouble.’
    • ‘This Opera comes with a heavy bassline, a raucous bellow that would drown the loudest baritone.’
    • ‘James had a loud, raucous laugh and a terrific sense of humour.’
    • ‘The wildness of the charge sent shock waves through a non-violent, if raucous protest culture.’
    • ‘Before entering, however, he was drawn to a nearby building by the sound of loud, raucous voices.’
    • ‘The atmosphere gets high spirited - with heckling and raucous laughter.’
    • ‘Occasionally, I can hear a car drive past or the raucous squawk of a seagull in search of a discarded fish supper.’
    • ‘Nothing startling, then, just a solid album for those who like their female vocalists neither too poppy nor raw and raucous.’
    • ‘However, we were met with a raucous noise purporting to be music, and fairground stalls.’
    • ‘Wash shoved through the doors and into a dim lighting and raucous noise of the saloon.’
    • ‘It stopped dead in the middle of the road with a raucous screech of the brakes.’
    • ‘He was unprepared for the loud cheers from a raucous crowd that greeted him when he exited the restroom.’
    • ‘It was a noisy, raucous place, but many a sailor was proud to say they were a part of it.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Nicky began to laugh, a loud and raucous sound it was, almost making you feel ashamed to be next to him.’
    harsh, strident, screeching, squawky, squawking, sharp, grating, discordant, dissonant, inharmonious, unmelodious, jarring, brassy
    rowdy, noisy, boisterous, roisterous, unruly, disorderly, wild
    View synonyms


Mid 18th century: from Latin raucus hoarse + -ous.