Etymology
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raunchy (adj.)

1939, "clumsy, careless, sloppy; a name applied to anything that is dirty or in bad shape," U.S. Army Air Corps slang, a word of unknown etymology. Origins among cadets in Texas suggest a possible connection to Mexican Spanish rancho (see ranch (n.)), which had connotations of animal filth by 1864; raunch was an old alternative English spelling of ranch. Sense of "coarse, vulgar, smutty" is from 1967. Related: Raunchiness.

updated on November 18, 2021

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Definitions of raunchy from WordNet

raunchy (adj.)
earthy and sexually explicit;
a raunchy novel
raunchy (adj.)
suggestive of or tending to moral looseness;
Synonyms: lewd / obscene / salacious
raunchy (adj.)
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot;
Synonyms: begrimed / dingy / grimy / grubby / grungy
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.