raucous [adj1] noisy, rough absonant, acute, atonal, blaring, blatant, braying, brusque, cacophonous, discordant, dissonant, dry, earpiercing, grating, grinding, gruff, harsh, hoarse, husky, inharmonious, jarring, loud, piercing, rasping, sharp, squawking, stertorous, strident, thick, unharmonious, unmusical; concepts 592,594 —Ant. calm, quiet, soft, subdued raucous [adj2] rowdy boisterous, disorderly, intemperate, rambunctious, tumultous/ tumultuous, turbulent, unruly; concept 401 —Ant. calm, quiet, subdued

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  • Raucous — Rau cous (r[add] k[u^]s), a. [L. raucus.] Hoarse; harsh; rough; as, a raucous, thick tone. His voice slightly raucous. Aytoun. {Rau cous*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raucous — [rô′kəs, rä′kəs] adj. [L raucus < IE echoic base * reu , to give hoarse cries, mutter > L rumor, OE reon, to lament] 1. hoarse; rough sounding [a raucous shout] 2. loud and rowdy [a raucous party] raucously adv. raucousness n …   English World dictionary

  • raucous — (adj.) 1769, from L. raucus hoarse, related to ravus hoarse, from PIE echoic base *reu make hoarse cries (Cf. Skt. rayati barks, ravati roars; Gk. oryesthai to howl, roar; L. racco a roar; O.C.S. rjevo …   Etymology dictionary

  • raucous — *loud, stentorian, earsplitting, hoarse, strident, stertorous Analogous words: *rough, harsh: gruff, brusque (see BLUFF) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • raucous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ making or constituting a harsh, loud noise. DERIVATIVES raucously adverb raucousness noun. ORIGIN Latin raucus hoarse …   English terms dictionary

  • raucous — rau|cous [ˈro:kəs US ˈro: ] adj [Date: 1700 1800; : Latin; Origin: raucus] 1.) sounding unpleasantly loud ▪ He burst into raucous laughter . ▪ raucous cheers 2.) impolite, noisy, and violent ▪ A group of raucous students spilled out of the bar. ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • raucous — [[t]rɔ͟ːkəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A raucous sound is loud, harsh, and rather unpleasant. They heard a bottle being smashed, then more raucous laughter. ...the raucous cries of the sea birds. ...a raucous crowd of 25,000 delirious fans.… …   English dictionary

  • raucous — raucously, adv. raucousness, raucity /raw si tee/, n. /raw keuhs/, adj. 1. harsh; strident; grating: raucous voices; raucous laughter. 2. rowdy; disorderly: a raucous party. [1760 70; < L raucus hoarse, harsh, rough; see OUS] Syn. 1. rough,… …   Universalium

  • raucous — rau|cous [ rɔkəs ] adjective 1. ) rude, noisy, and violent: a raucous gang of teenagers 2. ) a raucous voice or noise is loud and sounds rough: Raucous laughter came from inside. ╾ rau|cous|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • raucous — adjective Etymology: Latin raucus hoarse; akin to Latin ravis hoarseness Date: 1769 1. disagreeably harsh or strident ; hoarse < raucous voices > 2. boisterously disorderly < a…raucous frontier town Truman Capote > Synonyms: see loud • rauc …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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