raun·​chy | \ ˈrȯn-chē How to pronounce raunchy (audio) , ˈrän- \
raunchier; raunchiest

Definition of raunchy

1 : slovenly, dirty a raunchy panhandler also : very smelly raunchy sneakers
2 : obscene, smutty raunchy jokes

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Other Words from raunchy

raunchily \ ˈrȯn-​chə-​lē How to pronounce raunchily (audio) , ˈrän-​ \ adverb
raunchiness \ ˈrȯn-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce raunchiness (audio) , ˈrän-​ \ noun

Examples of raunchy in a Sentence

inappropriately used office e-mail for an exchange of raunchy jokes
Recent Examples on the Web It is led by the charismatic duo, whose laugh-out-loud banter runs the gamut from raunchy reflections on celebrity crushes to their experiences of being racially stereotyped in Hollywood and in everyday life. Emma Dibdin New York Times, Star Tribune, "Podcasts offer comedy fans laughs with Hollywood on hiatus," 2 Aug. 2020 The raunchy flick, which came out 20 years ago this week, has become a cult-classic for a reason: there’s wild fashions, loads of bar dancing, and a crew of cool women to tell the story. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "20 Years On, Coyote Ugly’s Wild Style Still Feels Fresh," 31 July 2020 The sometimes raunchy series proves it’s never too late to start over. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "50 best TV shows to watch on Netflix right now: 'Better Call Saul,' 'Pose,' 'Twilight Zone,' more," 1 July 2020 The original series, which drew praise for its social satire and criticism for its raunchy humor and violence, aired until 1997 and was briefly revived in 2011. Washington Post, "Right time to ‘get stupid again’: Beavis, Butt-Head comeback," 1 July 2020 The show becomes a thing that’s neither fish nor fowl, not quite erotic enough or funny enough to be a hot, raunchy rom-com, and not quite plausible enough to be truly thrilling. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Merritt Wever Is Too Good For Run," 20 Apr. 2020 So his touching and gleefully raunchy film is a plausible path away from that. Peter Lawrence Kane, SFChronicle.com, "Leo Herrera’s film “Fathers” asks: What if AIDS never touched San Francisco?," 26 Feb. 2020 Imus survived drug and alcohol woes, a raunchy appearance before President Clinton and several firings during his long career behind the microphone. BostonGlobe.com, "COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Disc jockey Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to radio stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died . He was 79.," 28 Dec. 2019 Imus survived drug and alcohol woes, a raunchy appearance before President Clinton and several firings during his long career behind the microphone. Washington Post, "DJ Don Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of raunchy

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raunchy

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“Raunchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raunchy. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of raunchy

: dealing with or suggesting sex in a way that is somewhat shocking
US, disapproving : very dirty, smelly, etc.

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