Definition of raunchy in English:



  • 1Energetically earthy and sexually explicit.

    ‘his raunchy new novel’
    • ‘And here's me thinking yoga is too raunchy.’
    • ‘Oh, and don't forget to throw in her younger brother, who wants to lose his virginity at any cost and is always quick to throw in a raunchy joke.’
    • ‘She's there to let the women in the audience know they're not crazy for being there and to set a nonthreateningly raunchy tone.’
    • ‘Some interesting extras are included here, mainly segments deemed too raunchy for television.’
    • ‘They'd watched a raunchy comedy and almost everyone in the audience had laughed.’
    • ‘Rarely have I read, even privately, let alone in public, anything more raunchy.’
    • ‘There was no sex on television then, and these scenes were as raunchy as it got.’
    • ‘In New York it was just a raunchy, cynical hour and ten minutes.’
    • ‘The tactic ultimately backfired when viewers complained afterward to the BBC Web site that the show wasn't raunchy enough.’
    • ‘And, from a novice's perspective, mucking about with soil does look pretty raunchy.’
    • ‘Every truly successful raunchy romantic comedy has at its heart a couple worth rooting for.’
    • ‘And some of the Dreaming narratives associated with these works are pretty raunchy!’
    • ‘Stern doesn't have to be sexy or raunchy to be successful.’
    • ‘In my four academic years at UW, I have seen Imprint serve up some pretty raunchy stuff.’
    • ‘Get sex into the forefront of your mind by reading or watching something more raunchy than you'd normally choose.’
    • ‘The midnight shows let you try a more raunchy, daring, adult kind of humour.’
    • ‘Madonna has admitted she was too raunchy in her early career.’
    • ‘I still tell raunchy jokes, but now it's for a bigger audience.’
    • ‘‘When other videos are raunchy, they blur it, they don't edit it,’ Monifah says.’
    • ‘Explicit language makes a lot of us squirm because it's chock full of taboos: It's crude, it's naughty, it's raunchy, its real.’
    sexually attractive, seductive, desirable, alluring, inviting, sensual, sultry, slinky, provocative, tempting, tantalizing
    sexually explicit, sexy, suggestive, erotic, racy, risqué, provocative, spicy, juicy, bawdy, ribald, uninhibited, unrestrained, earthy
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  • 2US Shabby or grubby.

    ‘the restaurant's style is raunchy and the sanitation chancy’
    • ‘I finally sneak a look up at him, suddenly feeling incredibly raunchy and dirty.’


1930s: of unknown origin.