[ rawnch, rahnch ]
/ rɔntʃ, rɑntʃ /

noun Informal.

smuttiness or vulgarity; crudeness; obscenity: porno magazines and other purveyors of raunch.
slovenliness; grubbiness.
an earthy, raw musical style derived from blues and gospel: a singer who can go easily from raunch to rock.

Nearby words

  1. ratushinskaya,
  2. rau,
  3. raucity,
  4. raucous,
  5. raucously,
  6. raunchy,
  7. raupatu,
  8. raupo,
  9. rauriki,
  10. raurkela

Origin of raunch

1960–65, Americanism; back formation from raunchy

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Examples from the Web for raunch

  • Stanley Crouch on the lacy French Open outfit that rocked the tennis world—and the culture of raunch it came out of.

    What Was Venus Thinking?|Stanley Crouch|May 29, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for raunch


/ (rɔːntʃ) /

noun slang

lack of polish or refinement; crudeness
mainly US slovenliness or untidiness
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Word Origin and History for raunch



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