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raunch

[rawnch, rahnch] /rɔntʃ, rɑntʃ/
noun, Informal.
1.
smuttiness or vulgarity; crudeness; obscenity:
porno magazines and other purveyors of raunch.
2.
slovenliness; grubbiness.
3.
an earthy, raw musical style derived from blues and gospel:
a singer who can go easily from raunch to rock.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65, Americanism; back formation from raunchy
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British Dictionary definitions for raunch

raunch

/rɔːntʃ/
noun (slang)
1.
lack of polish or refinement; crudeness
2.
(mainly US) slovenliness or untidiness
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Word Origin and History for raunch
n.

1963 (in "Billboard," describing lead guitar on surf music tracks), back-formation from raunchy. There was a singing group in U.S. c.1960 called the Raunch Hands.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for raunch

raunch

noun

Vulgarity; smut; porn: No obscenities in Glen's Bar. Too tired for raunch/ the latest batch of 8mm raunch (1964+)

verb

To do the sex act with or to; screw: just because she's raunched a few law students (1970s+)

[back formation fr raunchy]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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