from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Obscene, lewd, or vulgar: "[He] uses language so aggressively raunchy that he seems to be insisting his choice of vocabulary, at least, is no sin” ( Wall Street Journal).
  • adj. Sexually explicit.
  • adj. Exhibiting lust.
  • adj. Slang Grimy; unkempt: a raunchy closet full of dirty socks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very low class; inferior; inadequate.
  • adj. With dishonorable, base and vulgar expression.
  • adj. Having socially unacceptable sexual behavior.
  • adj. Sexually seductive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
  • adj. earthy and sexually explicit
  • adj. suggestive of or tending to moral looseness


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Raunchy, derived from ranchero, also connotes dirty and smelly, like your gym clothes after a few workouts.

    December 10, 2009