Definition of raunch in US English:



  • Energetic earthiness; vulgarity.

    ‘the raunch of his first album’
    • ‘Here, the raunch actually is the reason to like this album.’
    • ‘He's the perfect point man for the band's brand of hallucinogenic rhythm 'n' raunch, a style they've dubbed ‘cold soul.’’
    • ‘Jennifer Lopez in the lead role tones down her forthright sexuality to play the part for flowers and romance rather than raunch.’
    • ‘These grand masters of French pop-punk follow the Ramones formula of backing colourful, catchy, sunny melodies with raunch and muscle.’
    • ‘It has just the right hint of genteel English raunch, just a tempting suspicion of veiled secrets that a more prosaic subtitle like ‘My rolls in the hay as a London whore’ could simply not convey.’
    • ‘Midnight Fantasy, for example, seems to be about phone sex, but has all the raunch of a coffee morning in Slough.’
    • ‘Levy argues that women embracing raunch means women accepting misogyny - a premise that is powerful and, in a way, true.’
    • ‘The Motor City once again proves itself as a rich source of ridiculous, over-the-top raunch.’
    • ‘But I think I agree with Eva Cox, quoted in the Levy story, that perhaps raunch is healthy or at least adaptive.’
    • ‘The Reverend's current record Spend a Night in the Box is a stripped-down hot rod of rockabilly raunch.’
    • ‘These staunch proponents of raunch and roll have delivered a fairly entertaining album, if you can get by the shallow lyrics and not entirely original nature of the music.’
    • ‘Robertson - whose previous stage-name ‘Henrietta Ford’ perhaps evokes some of the blues-folk raunch she produces on stage - began as a busker on the streets of New Plymouth.’
    • ‘The rise of raunch - the explicit flaunting of one's sexuality - is all about how we've been persuaded to market ourselves, to advertise our desirability.’
    • ‘Moorer's voice has the quality of Anita Baker with a gentle raunch.’
    • ‘The novelist and screenwriter Jerry Stahl, one of Ames's L.A. friends, calls Ames's shtick ‘silk-stocking raunch.’’
    • ‘In fact, increasingly, people are becoming frustrated and feeling voiceless and powerless to control or stop the kind of raunch coming into their homes.’
    • ‘He digs country music and Shania Twain so there can't be a hell of a lot of mental raunch going on.’
    • ‘Each subtle layer of raunch is delivered with a candy-flavoured pink frosting that makes the brutal honesty not only easy to swallow, but side-splittingly tasty to boot.’
    • ‘This man oozes raunch and there just ain't nuthin you can do about it.’
    • ‘Loads of dinky synths, some dub and a little rock raunch get Moulinexed into a confusing, almost nauseating aural mush that's anywhere from catchy bizarro-pop to excruciating noise assault.’
    • ‘At the same time, Peters knows that the Karma show is a family affair, so for the real raunch, buy him a drink at the after-party.’
    rudeness, crudity, indecency, indelicacy, offensiveness, suggestiveness, bawdiness, ribaldry, obscenity, lewdness, salaciousness, licentiousness, depravity, sordidness, smuttiness, dirtiness, filthiness, smut, dirt, filth, pornography
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1960s: back-formation from raunchy.