raun·chy | \ˈrȯn-chē, 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, ˈrän- \ adverb
raunchiness \ˈrȯn-chē-nəs, ˈrän- \ noun

Examples of raunchy in a Sentence

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

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Unapologetically raunchy, subversive, and always offbeat, Dirty Talk is an underground haven of free speech, democratic ideals, and collective healing. Jeff Roy, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Mumbai's Diverse LGBTQ+ Arts Scene," 13 June 2018 Deadpool’s massive success was in large part due to its irreverence for its own genre, its willingness to take shots, some raunchier than others, at superhero flicks in general. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Deadpool 2 might be the most entertaining superhero movie of the year," 15 May 2018 Plus, Melissa McCarthy can be the life of our party any day, and the return of Deadpool looks raunchier than ever. refinery29.com, "May Click List: R29 Entertainment Editors' Picks For The Month," 2 May 2018 The cast doesn't run with just the raunchiest suggestions from the audience. Lee Williams, OregonLive.com, "'Trail to Oregon' gleefully rejects historical accuracy (review)," 23 Apr. 2018 His confusing relationship with Martin, and all those raunchy details of their text exchanges and phone conversations, were exposed to a public that was appalled by the fact that seemingly no subjects or insults were deemed off limits by Incognito. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Bills Guard Richie Incognito Announces Retirement On Twitter," 10 Apr. 2018 That’s the question addressed, in a suitably clear-eyed and raunchy way, by Blockers, the directorial debut from Kay Cannon (the writer of the Pitch Perfect movies). Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: In the Raunchy Blockers, It's the Adults Who Need to Grow Up," 6 Apr. 2018 There are some lags in momentum and the centerpiece raunchy scene — seemingly a prerequisite to today’s comedies — comes off as a little formulaic. Jake Coyle, kansascity, "The parents go wild in gleefully crude ‘Blockers’ | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018 Schiavone was quoted in a New York Times story in 1986 bemoaning the city’s first efforts to stomp out a raucous, raunchy spring break tradition. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale readies for spring break invasion of college students," 2 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of raunchy

: dealing with or suggesting sex in a way that is somewhat shocking

: very dirty, smelly, etc.

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