Definition of raunchy in US English:

raunchy

adjective

informal
  • 1Earthy, vulgar, and often sexually explicit.

    ‘a raunchy new novel’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every truly successful raunchy romantic comedy has at its heart a couple worth rooting for.’
    • ‘And, from a novice's perspective, mucking about with soil does look pretty raunchy.’
    • ‘In my four academic years at UW, I have seen Imprint serve up some pretty raunchy stuff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Get sex into the forefront of your mind by reading or watching something more raunchy than you'd normally choose.’
    • ‘‘When other videos are raunchy, they blur it, they don't edit it,’ Monifah says.’
    • ‘And some of the Dreaming narratives associated with these works are pretty raunchy!’
    • ‘And here's me thinking yoga is too raunchy.’
    • ‘In New York it was just a raunchy, cynical hour and ten minutes.’
    • ‘Stern doesn't have to be sexy or raunchy to be successful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I still tell raunchy jokes, but now it's for a bigger audience.’
    • ‘The tactic ultimately backfired when viewers complained afterward to the BBC Web site that the show wasn't raunchy enough.’
    • ‘Rarely have I read, even privately, let alone in public, anything more raunchy.’
    • ‘They'd watched a raunchy comedy and almost everyone in the audience had laughed.’
    • ‘There was no sex on television then, and these scenes were as raunchy as it got.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 (especially of a person or place) slovenly; 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.’

Origin

1930s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

raunchy

/ˈrôn(t)SHē//ˈrɔn(t)ʃi/