January 01, 2013
raucous (adjective)
\RAW-kus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : being harsh and unpleasant2 : behaving in a rough and noisy way
How do you use it?
The announcer's message could not be heard over the shouting and laughter of the raucous crowd.
Are you a word wiz?

Shout out the answer if you know it. Which of these words do you think is a synonym of "raucous"?

Make some noise if you chose C! "Raucous" and "strident," along with "stentorian" and "earsplitting," all suggest being loud. "Raucous" implies a loud, harsh, grating tone that carries a feeling of rowdiness (such as "the raucous shouts of the protesters"). "Strident" suggests a quarrelsome quality of the voice that demands attention (for instance, "the strident voices of hecklers"). "Stentorian" calls to mind great power and range (as "an actor with a stentorian voice"). And "earsplitting" describes loudness that is physically discomforting (such as "the earsplitting sound of a siren").
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