raunchy

adjective
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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Seth Rogen is known for creating raunchy humor films, but one joke went too far for Emma Watson. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "Seth Rogan reveals Emma Watson left 'This is the End' set: 'She was probably right'," 28 Mar. 2021 Veronica Viper, a 42-year-old performer and fourth-generation resident of the Lower East Side, used to put on raunchy displays for rowdy crowds. New York Times, "What Is Life Without Burlesque?," 25 Mar. 2021 Some are fine art prints, but others are just raunchy pornography, including a headless female mannequin wearing nothing but lingerie. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Girlfriend doesn’t want to hang with the nudes," 11 Mar. 2021 Some are fine art prints, but others are just raunchy pornography, including a headless female mannequin wearing nothing but lingerie. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Girlfriend doesn’t want to hang out surrounded by nudes," 11 Mar. 2021 Some are fine art prints, but others are just raunchy pornography, including a headless female mannequin wearing nothing but lingerie. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Girlfriend put off by loft apartment full of nude images," 11 Mar. 2021 Some viewers sounded off on social media, expressing they were shocked the raunchy performance was aired on network television. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Grammys ratings free-fall, could be lowest in award show's history," 15 Mar. 2021 The meme blew up nationally, particularly on music blogs, because of the humorous controversy over the raunchy song. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: County supervisor posts Valentine's Day meme mocking MPD over Molotov cocktail gaffe," 19 Feb. 2021 To be clear, there's nothing scandalous about a couple making a raunchy joke in public. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Justin Bieber Just Left the Raunchiest Comment About Hailey Baldwin on Instagram," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of raunchy

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raunchy

origin unknown

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“Raunchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raunchy. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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raunchy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of raunchy

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

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