ˈrȯnch How to pronounce raunch (audio)

Example Sentences

a movie full of raunch the sheer raunch of the movie earned it a NC-17 rating
Recent Examples on the Web Image courtesy of Netflix India Amarteifio in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Sophisticated soirees, glamorous gowns, raunch and romance are all firm fixtures in the Bridgerton series. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 4 May 2023 This is largely due to lyrics that are equal parts raunch, taunt and punchline — a postmodern grab bag of references to basketball, pro wrestling, childhood nostalgia and the type of illicit gains made by pilfering credit card numbers off the dark Web. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2023 Her explosive bestseller, Neon Gods, is a Hades and Persephone retelling that’s heavy on the raunch, and is the first book of her Dark Olympus series. Emily Bond, menshealth.com, 19 Apr. 2023 Irreverent, high-energy and funny, Wet Leg (who inexplicably walked up to the stage as their set began to the sounds of the Shire from Lord of the Rings) wooed the crowd with screams, groovy guitars and an impeccable ability to weave post-punk sounds with the perfect level of raunch. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2022 Families who don’t mind a little raunch? Misha Berson, Variety, 27 Sep. 2022 Can this raunch-com be saved? Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 Much like her debut hit, The Roommate, which was packaged as a raunch-com and instead delivered the sweetest of screeds against shame, her sophomore novel, The Intimacy Experiment, draws readers in with the promise of titillation, only to deliver a sucker-punch of prosaic musings on faith and love. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 May 2021 Maybe the best raunch the Stones ever produced. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 30 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History


back-formation from raunchy

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of raunch was in 1957

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“Raunch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raunch. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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