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[rawn-chee, rahn-] /ˈrɔn tʃi, ˈrɑn-/
adjective, raunchier, raunchiest. Informal.
vulgar or smutty; crude; earthy; obscene:
a raunchy joke.
dirty; slovenly; grubby.
1935-40, Americanism; origin uncertain
Related forms
raunchily, adverb
raunchiness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for raunchiness


adjective (slang) -chier, -chiest
openly sexual; lusty; earthy
(mainly US) slovenly or untidy
Derived Forms
raunchily, adverb
raunchiness, noun
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for raunchiness
1939, "clumsy, careless, sloppy," U.S. Army Air Corps slang, of unknown origin. Origins among cadets in Texas suggest possible connection to Mex.Sp. rancho (see ranch), which had connotations of animal filth by 1864. Sense of "coarse, vulgar, smutty" is from 1967. Raunch (n.) is a 1964 back-formation.
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Slang definitions & phrases for raunchiness


  1. Sloppy; slovenly; careless: depending on how good or how ''raunchy'' we were (1939+)
  2. (also rotchy) Inferior; cheap; crummy, grungy: my raunchy old jeans (1950+ Teenagers)
  3. Vulgar; salacious; dirty: In the beginning there was Playboy, then came raunchy Penthouse (1967+)

[origin uncertain; the pronunciation and the early currency among aviation cadets in Texas suggest a possible origin in Spanish rancho, ''ranch,'' found by 1857, and called by 1864 ''a place of evil report''; a ranch, of course, may be regarded as a place of animal filth, odors, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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