[rawn-chee, rahn-]
adjective, raunchier, raunchiest. Informal.
vulgar or smutty; crude; earthy; obscene: a raunchy joke.
dirty; slovenly; grubby.

1935–40, Americanism; origin uncertain

raunchily, adverb
raunchiness, noun
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raunchy (ˈrɔːntʃɪ)
adj , -chier, -chiest
1.  openly sexual; lusty; earthy
2.  chiefly (US) slovenly or untidy
[C20: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The setting also allows the book to transcend its occasional raunchy extremes.
The raunchy comedian pumps her guns in a hot pink, low-cut gown.
It is hardly shocking that teenagers at a sleepover party would engage in
  raunchy behavior.
He was out late, feels raunchy, and didn't get his reports finished last week.
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