\ˈrȯnch, ˈränch\

Definition of raunch 

Examples of raunch in a Sentence

a movie full of raunch the sheer raunch of the movie earned it a NC-17 rating

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There’s the bro-friendly raunch-com variety, launched by The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005; its apex, as far as romcom material goes, is probably 2007’s Knocked Up and 2008’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s totally delightful Set It Up proves just how durable the romcom formula is," 29 June 2018 All those big-haired 1980s power ballads, once a guilty pleasure, prove well-suited to the high-gloss camp and sexless raunch of rock opera. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Tina': Theater Review," 17 Apr. 2018 But Sarah Marshall arrived on the heels of hit raunch comedies Knocked Up and Wedding Crashers, whose portrayals of women as either humorless or vapid don't hold up. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "10 years later, 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is still one of the best modern rom-coms," 16 Apr. 2018 Like the Apatovian feminist raunch, 30 Rock peddled female-forward humor men could understand — woman as spinster, catty, self-deprecating; woman as cheese-loving nerd. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Kay Cannon ponders the dilemma of making the big-budget comedy more feminist.," 1 Apr. 2018 In reference to Haddish' performance, Rolling Stone's Peter Travers wrote: And get ready for Haddish - a Category 5 hurricane of laughs - who turns wild child Dina into a catalyst for raunch unleashed. The Tylt, cleveland.com, "Biggest Golden Globes snub: Tiffany Haddish or Gal Gadot?," 12 Dec. 2017 In its commitment to envelope-pushing raunch, Baywatch seems to be trying to capture the magic of 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, the rare film adaptations of a junky TV series that succeeded in finding their own tone of weird subversive humor. Dana Stevens, Slate Magazine, "Baywatch," 25 May 2017 But by and large the show is still defined by extended riffs of surreal whimsy and raunch. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Darkness on the Edge of Broad City," 13 Sep. 2017 Just as often, though, that earnestness shades into insults and raunch. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Can protest signs be too cute?," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of raunch

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raunch

back-formation from raunchy

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The first known use of raunch was in 1957

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English Language Learners Definition of raunch

: something that deals with or relates to sex in usually a shocking or offensive way

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to reject or criticize sharply

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