[ rawn-chee, rahn- ]
/ ˈrɔn tʃi, ˈrɑn- /

adjective, raun·chi·er, raun·chi·est. Informal.

vulgar or smutty; crude; earthy; obscene: a raunchy joke.
dirty; slovenly; grubby.

Origin of raunchy

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; origin uncertain
Related formsraun·chi·ly, adverbraun·chi·ness, noun
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/ (ˈrɔːntʃɪ) /

adjective -chier or -chiest slang

openly sexual; lusty; earthy
mainly US slovenly or untidy
Derived Formsraunchily, adverbraunchiness, noun

Word Origin for raunchy

C20: of unknown origin
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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.

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