\ ˈrȯnch How to pronounce raunch (audio) , ˈränch \

Definition of raunch

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of raunch in a Sentence

a movie full of raunch the sheer raunch of the movie earned it a NC-17 rating
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the jubilance and raunch, the uncertainty that has shaken the nation in the past few days echoed throughout the show. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Inside the Premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Latest Production, Freestyle Love Supreme," 3 Oct. 2019 Besides the raunch — which is less extreme than much of what flourishes in Hollywood — the New Bad Boys stand apart through their emphasis on character and theater. Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times, "Bad Boys of Magic trade the birds and bunnies for booze and banter," 16 Aug. 2019 But Support the Girls is not at all the winkingly misogynist raunch-com for dudes that such a premise might imply. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Judd Apatow’s entire oeuvre is based on transplanting rom-com tropes into movies aimed more explicitly at the guy-heavy raunch-com audience. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why romantic comedies matter," 29 Aug. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'raunch.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of raunch

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raunch

back-formation from raunchy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about raunch

Time Traveler for raunch

Time Traveler

The first known use of raunch was in 1957

See more words from the same year

Statistics for raunch

Last Updated

10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Raunch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raunch. Accessed 18 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for raunch


How to pronounce raunch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of raunch

informal + sometimes disapproving : something that deals with or relates to sex in usually a shocking or offensive way

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on raunch

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for raunch

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with raunch

Britannica English: Translation of raunch for Arabic Speakers

Comments on raunch

What made you want to look up raunch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


experienced by way of someone else

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!