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raucous adj
1 unpleasantly loud and harsh [syn: strident]
2 disturbing the public peace; loud and rough; "a raucous party"; "rowdy teenagers" [syn: rowdy]

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raucus (hoarse, husky, raucus)

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Adjective

  1. Harsh and rough-sounding.
    At night, raucous sounds come from the swamp.
  2. Disorderly and boisterous.
    Acts of vandalism were committed by a raucous gang of drunkards.

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