Definition of raunchy in English:

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raunchy

Pronunciation: /ˈrɔːn(t)ʃi/

adjective (raunchier, raunchiest)

informal
1Energetically earthy and sexually explicit: his raunchy new novel
More example sentences
  • ‘When other videos are raunchy, they blur it, they don't edit it,’ Monifah says.
  • The tactic ultimately backfired when viewers complained afterward to the BBC Web site that the show wasn't raunchy enough.
  • In New York it was just a raunchy, cynical hour and ten minutes.
2US Shabby or grubby: the restaurant’s style is raunchy and the sanitation chancy
More example sentences
  • I finally sneak a look up at him, suddenly feeling incredibly raunchy and dirty.

Derivatives

raunchily

Pronunciation: /ˈrɔːn(t)ʃɪli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘I don't like the Bratz dolls, or the way the manufacturers dress them,’ she says, referring to the raunchily attired best-selling fashion dolls.
  • Lots of people dancing raunchily until their sweat showed on their teeshirts, faces dripping.
  • A raunchily energetic jazz-class scene and some dirty dancing in a club demonstrate how hopelessly uptight ballet is compared with Terpsichore's earthier manifestations.

raunchiness

Pronunciation: /ˈrɔːn(t)ʃɪnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Total raunchiness and bad language in this chapter.
  • The raunchiness of the former stands in marked contrast to the poignancy of the latter.
  • A Caribbean breeziness turns to an unexpected raunchiness in which Woods digs into some honking, bar-walking sax.

Origin

1930s: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with raunchy

paunchy
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