1. Rough-sounding and harsh: raucous laughter.
2. Boisterous and disorderly: "a drunken and raucous party for his bachelor friends" (Louis Auchincloss).
[From Latin raucus.]
raucous·ness, rauci·ty (rôsĭ-tē) n.
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