- vulgar or smutty; crude; earthy; obscene: a raunchy joke.
- dirty; slovenly; grubby.
Origin of raunchy
Examples from the Web for raunchy
It was fearless and raunchy and fun and ridiculous and weird and feminist and powerful.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
But she gave that all up to focus on her own art—her raunchy, thought-provoking rap lyrics.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
Miley Cyrus morphed from cherub-faced Disney tween into raunchy twerker.La Roux Discusses New Album ‘Trouble in Paradise,’ the 5-Year Gap, and Embracing Her Androgyny
July 6, 2014
And that, in the end, is why this great raucous, raunchy, wonderfully readable novel is, really, quite unforgettable.Newsweek Takedown From Beyond the Grave: Michael Hastings’s Fiction Tells the Truth
June 18, 2014
The perfect amount of raunchy shock value to color a guffaw with a gasp.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
- openly sexual; lusty; earthy
- mainly US slovenly or untidy
Word Origin and History for raunchy
1939, "clumsy, careless, sloppy," U.S. Army Air Corps slang, of unknown origin. Origins among cadets in Texas suggest possible connection to Mexican Spanish rancho (see ranch (n.)), which had connotations of animal filth by 1864. Sense of "coarse, vulgar, smutty" is from 1967. Related: Raunchiness.