- The definition of raucous is loud or disorderly.
An example of raucous is a party at college with lots of drinking.
- hoarse; rough-sounding: a raucous shout
- loud and rowdy: a raucous party
Origin: L raucus from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form reu-, to give hoarse cries, mutter from source Classical Latin rumor, Old English reon, to lament
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- Rough-sounding and harsh: raucous laughter.
- Boisterous and disorderly: “the raucous give and take of American democracy” (Charles Kuralt).
Origin: From Latin raucus.
- rauˈcous·ly adverb
- rauˈcous·ness, rauˈci·ty noun