[rawnch, rahnch]
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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 of raunch

1960–65, Americanism; back formation from raunchy
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Contemporary Examples of raunch

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

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    What Was Venus Thinking?

    Stanley Crouch

    May 29, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for raunch


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

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.

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