raun·​chy ˈrȯn-chē How to pronounce raunchy (audio)
raunchier; raunchiest
: slovenly, dirty
a raunchy panhandler
also : very smelly
raunchy sneakers
: obscene, smutty
raunchy jokes
raunchily adverb
raunchiness noun

Examples of raunchy in a Sentence

inappropriately used office e-mail for an exchange of raunchy jokes
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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of raunchy was in 1937

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“Raunchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raunchy. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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