V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: unpleasantly loud and noisy

Synonyms: noisy, shrill, blaring, loud, piercing, grating, harsh, rough,boisterous, disorderly

Antonyms: silent, calm

Tips: Raucous is not to be confused with the phonetically similar noun ruckus, which means "a noisy disturbance." Raucous describes things that are noisy, and a ruckus is the noisy disturbance itself: "The raucous (noisy) party was quite a ruckus (noisy event)."

Usage Examples:

The neighbors called the police about the raucous music coming from next door. (loud, blaring)

The children were overly raucous today and caused quite a ruckus. (noisy, boisterous)

The resting firefighters jumped when they heard the raucous fire alarm. (shrill, piercing)

The raucous party went on all night, and several neighbors called the police. (noisy, disorderly)

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