[ 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 forms

raun·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 Forms

raunchily, adverbraunchiness, noun

Word Origin for raunchy

C20: of unknown origin
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