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

Other Words from raunchy

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

Examples of raunchy in a Sentence

inappropriately used office e-mail for an exchange of raunchy jokes
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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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