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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ranch \Ranch\ (r[a^]nch), v. t. [Written also raunch.] [Cf. Wrench.] To wrench; to tear; to sprain; to injure by violent straining or contortion. [R.]
--Dryden. ``Hasting to raunch the arrow out.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1963 (in "Billboard," describing lead guitar on surf music tracks), back-formation from raunchy. There was a singing group in U.S. c.1960 called the Raunch Hands.


n. 1 low class condition or content; inferiority; inadequacy. 2 dishonorable, base, and vulgar expression.


n. the quality of lacking taste and refinement [syn: coarseness, commonness, grossness, vulgarity, vulgarism]

Raunch (comics)
  1. Redirect List of Marvel Comics characters: R#Raunch

Category:Characters created by J. M. DeMatteis Category:Characters created by Paul Neary Category:Comics characters introduced in 1984 Category:Female supervillains

Usage examples of "raunch".

The name of the place was The Raunch House, which tells you the whole dull story in three syllables.

Your days reduced to a montage cut to its cowbell beat, inexorable doubled bass line and raunch vocal, a sort of chanted sneer, surrounded by groans of pleasure.

Southeast Asia produced many of the most embarrassing, but somehow the traders seemed to know that, on Fundabora, a real raunch tape was worth its weight in pearls.