Definition of raucous in English:

raucous

adjective

  • Making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.

    ‘raucous youths’
    • ‘However, we were met with a raucous noise purporting to be music, and fairground stalls.’
    • ‘Yet as soon as the young are hatched out, the bird loses its beautiful voice and schools its young with a harsh, raucous call.’
    • ‘The atmosphere gets high spirited - with heckling and raucous laughter.’
    • ‘He was unprepared for the loud cheers from a raucous crowd that greeted him when he exited the restroom.’
    • ‘James had a loud, raucous laugh and a terrific sense of humour.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Nicky began to laugh, a loud and raucous sound it was, almost making you feel ashamed to be next to him.’
    • ‘It was a noisy, raucous place, but many a sailor was proud to say they were a part of it.’
    • ‘The wildness of the charge sent shock waves through a non-violent, if raucous protest culture.’
    • ‘But the younger sister was an actress even then; loud, raucous and playing to the crowd.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before entering, however, he was drawn to a nearby building by the sound of loud, raucous voices.’
    • ‘Wash shoved through the doors and into a dim lighting and raucous noise of the saloon.’
    • ‘I am going to close my window to shut out the noise of raucous laughter coming from across the channel.’
    • ‘It stopped dead in the middle of the road with a raucous screech of the brakes.’
    • ‘This Opera comes with a heavy bassline, a raucous bellow that would drown the loudest baritone.’
    • ‘It was noisy, it was raucous, but at no time was there any trouble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She threw the keys back and forth, causing them to fill the air with raucous noise.’
    harsh, strident, screeching, squawky, squawking, sharp, grating, discordant, dissonant, inharmonious, unmelodious, jarring, brassy
    rowdy, noisy, boisterous, roisterous, unruly, disorderly, wild
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

raucous

/ˈrôkəs//ˈrɔkəs/