Definition of raucous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrôkəs/


Making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise: raucous youths
More example sentences
  • Suddenly, Nicky began to laugh, a loud and raucous sound it was, almost making you feel ashamed to be next to him.
  • 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.
harsh, strident, screeching, piercing, shrill, grating, discordant, dissonant;
noisy, loud, cacophonous
rowdy, noisy, boisterous, roisterous, wild



Pronunciation: /ˈrôkəslē/
Example sentences
  • For local entertainment you would have to hire the raucously energetic rock group that rehearses in the village hall.
  • You start laughing raucously, almost manically.
  • Two waiters come running, but the girls are deep into battle now, laughing raucously as the entire restaurant turns to look.


Pronunciation: /ˈrôkəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Perhaps I haven't been in the right places at the right times, but there was none of the raucousness of Edinburgh on a Saturday night.
  • There is an energy about her that dances erratically, a kind of life-enhancing raucousness that makes the onlooker feel just a bit more alive.
  • Everyone sings the bits they know with gusto and extreme raucousness.


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

Words that rhyme with raucous

caucus, Dorcas, glaucous

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Syllabification: rau·cous

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