from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Rough-sounding and harsh: raucous laughter.
  • adj. Boisterous and disorderly: "the raucous give and take of American democracy” ( Charles Kuralt).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Harsh and rough-sounding.
  • adj. Disorderly and boisterous.
  • adj. loud and annoying

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hoarse; harsh; rough.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hoarse; harsh; croaking in sound: as, a raucous voice or cry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. disturbing the public peace; loud and rough
  • adj. unpleasantly loud and harsh


From Latin raucus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin raucus (hoarse, husky, raucous) (Wiktionary)



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